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LinuxToday.com.au: The Penguin Versus Two 500lb Gorillas

Jun 09, 2000, 09:26 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"While the decision to split Microsoft into two separate companies looks like good news for the computer industry as a whole, I'm not convinced it is the ideal remedy from an Open Source point of view. In fact it may make life tougher."

"From the moment Microsoft trotted out its ridiculous and shambolic defence in the recent antitrust trial, a company break-up was always on the cards. The question facing Microsoft's opponents wasn't so much if the company should be sub-divided, but the ideal number of parts and structural composition of the new enterprises."

"Of all the alternative restructures, the US Department of Justice pushed for one, which at first sight looks like a bad outcome. Instead of being one huge monopoly, Microsoft is to be divided into two horizontal slices - the operating system monopoly remains intact and a new, almost monopoly will be formed to take care of the office productivity software. In other words, the 500lb gorilla is being split to make two 500lb gorillas."

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