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TheStreet.com: The Microsoft Decision: Linux Community Exults Over Microsoft's Wet Blanket

Jun 08, 2000, 08:49 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edith Yates)

"The Linux community was thrilled by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's decision Wednesday to split software monopolist Microsoft cut in half. But plenty of observers predict there will be few consequences of the antitrust ruling." "No matter what happens, I don't think it will get broken up," said Dan Niles, the high-profile technology analyst now working for Lehman Brothers."

"Gil Amelio, former CEO of Apple (AAPL:Nasdaq - news - boards), also believes Microsoft is unlikely to suffer from the ruling: "This is like throwing Brer Rabbit into the briar patch. Bill says, 'No, don't break us up, don't break us up,' meanwhile he's figured it out every which way."

"Those that stand to benefit from a breakup of the company were more optimistic about the eventual outcome. Vocal Microsoft critic Jim Barksdale, founder of Netscape and the Barksdale Group, was especially pleased."

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