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Boston Globe: Lesson’s of a waylaid ‘giant-slayer’

“To judge by Red Hat Software Inc.’s red-hot stock price and
press clippings, one might conclude that software gigagiant
Microsoft Corp. is in for trouble.”

“Red Hat is the little North Carolina company that has run up a
$5.6 billion market capitalization by peddling a version of Linux,
the increasingly popular low-cost computer operating system.”

But mention Red Hat and Linux to Aubrey Edwards, group
product manager for Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows NT upgrade
Windows 2000, and he seems almost on the verge of stifling a yawn.
“When you look at the hype versus the reality today,” says Edwards,
“there is a big disconnect.


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