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Byte.com: Linux In The Post Dot-Com Era - Will The Red Hat Heresy Continue?

Jan 16, 2001, 09:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

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"A year ago, it all looked so good."

"The purportedly communist Linux and open source model was viciously capitalized by Wall Street. Paper fortunes weremade, including record breaking Nasdaq IPO increases. Armies of press corps bored over never-ending Microsoft news and supposed Pentium breakthroughs took up the Linux anthem, occasionally just to look smart. Some were."

"Now, it's a new millennium for many. Fortunes shrank. Windows 2000 arrived and to everyone's surprise, it hardly ever blows up, mercifully. Windows NT 5 (as it was once known, and I have the T-shirt to prove it) hasn't taken the world by storm, and its price seems to climb with each new Microsoft DOJ appeal. Today, there is a Windows 2000 server license fee, a client-access license fee, and soon there'll likely be a Kerberos ticket charge. Perhaps we'll have to go to the TicketMaster website for access."

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