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The Register: Microsoft software like heroin addiction -- Red Hat

Jun 13, 2000, 11:07 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Magee)

"After his keynote speech, Rob Young met the press and was perfectly happy to field questions about Microsoft and the industry, as the following questions and plangent answers show."

"Q: How can you hold off Microsoft Open Source Software?"

"A: We've spent a lot of time looking at the probable reaction of our major competitors and partners. We do not worry about Microsoft developing Open Source applications. Their revenue stream is based on a heroin addiction of selling ever more software. For Microsoft to abandon that model of generating huge margins would require a massive re-engineering of their company. They'd have to walk away from all their royalty revenues, and I'm not sure their share holders would tolerate it."

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