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LinuxToday.com.au: Ready For Take-off?

Jun 26, 2000, 08:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"After taxiing along the runway, the Linux plane finally looks ready for take off. The momentum has been there for some time, but it took Judge Thomas Penfold Jackson's landmark antitrust ruling against Microsoft for the chocks to be pulled away. Even his decision on Tuesday June 20 to postpone the stringent conduct remedies slated to start on September 5 isn't going to stop this bird from flying."

"Among the frozen conduct remedies were provisions stopping Microsoft from using its monopoly position to browbeat computer makers and software companies into choosing Windows products. It appears that, even without the conduct remedies, many of the industry's stronger players now feel confident enough to defy Microsoft and include Linux in their strategic plans. Indeed, recent weeks have seen a number of important announcements along these lines."

"For example, on June 20 Dell announced its One Source Alliance with Red Hat. It's a wide-ranging agreement that will see Dell offer factory-installed Red Hat Linux on its complete line of servers alongside Windows 2000 and Novel Netware. Dell says it will work with Red Hat to develop customised Linux systems for Dell servers and will provide customers with global, around the clock, Linux support."

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