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dbusiness.com: Can Red Hat capitalize on Microsoft's woes?

Jul 04, 2000, 15:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Batchelor)

"While the world waits for the outcome of the federal government's wrangling with a certain software behemoth, open source enthusiasts are hoping the companies touting Linux will benefit from Microsoft's woes."

"In theory, the reasoning makes sense: Microsoft's problems allow companies with competing products a chance to gain a footing. In reality, however, the picture is much different, especially considering how entrenched the Windows operating system is in the world's computers."

"Compounding the problem is the Redmond, Wash., giant's cash reserves, estimated at $6 to $8 billion. The real question may be: Are you willing to bet against Microsoft, even if it is broken in half? Some analysts have predicted that Microsoft could decide to snap up a Linux company. Then where would the Research Triangle's Red Hat and the others stand?"

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