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Upside: Will Microsoft cozy up to Linux? [IDC report]

Jul 08, 2000, 19:38 (7 Talkback[s])

"While some might consider a federally imposed breakup of Microsoft (MSFT) to be a dream scenario for Linux-related companies, International Data Corp., the Mass.-based market research firm, issued a report Monday saying the opposite could be true."

"In short, Kusnetzky says, the prospect of Microsoft swooping in and taking over the Linux applications market is intriguing but unlikely. He says the purpose of the report was simply to give IDC clients a full-scale business analysis of the opportunities and pitfalls that lay ahead. Given recent market growth totals -- according to an April IDC report, Linux server shipments jumped 166 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999 from the same period in 1998 -- Kusnetzky still considers Linux the most compelling story in the IT marketplace."

"We're only looking at paid shipments," he says. "We're not taking into account free copies and free downloads. It's fascinating to watch."

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