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Inter@ctive Week: Linux Vendors Applaud [EU] Microsoft Warning

Aug 04, 2000, 21:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"...Kirsten Ludvigsen, an analyst at IDC Research, agreed that the EU is right to ask whether Microsoft could be more liberal with information about its operating system. "If you leave out a third of the ingredients, the final meal won't taste as good," she said. "We think that Microsoft might be able to do a better job of writing API specifications."

"On the server side, there is no doubt about Microsoft's intention to bundle its different products and services together in a way that is difficult to separate," said Colin Tenwick, European vice president for Linux vendor Red Hat Inc.. "What we have seen continually is a business model that tries to leverage new technology based on a dominance in the marketplace," he said."

"Without some sort of action, Microsoft could end up taking over the server market as it has done in the client space, despite an inferior operating system, said Rudiger Berlich, UK managing director for Germany's SuSE Linux. "Certainly a ruling against Microsoft would weaken it and help companies gain more ground," he says. "It would help Microsoft users because there would be more competition and innovation."

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