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O'Reilly Network: Think Twice, Red Hat

Jan 20, 2002, 01:02 (51 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)
"So what should Red Hat look out for?

First, as GNN showed, an influx of cash is not guarantee of success.

Second, as Netscape has showed (so far), a business plan that calls for fast world domination is not a good match for a technological plan that involves a lot of experimentation and careful evolution.

Most important, Red Hat should worry about the conditions imposed on new technology by AOL and Time Warner. Will they want a Red Hat distribution to include copy controls? (I'm not sure how that could be layered on a free operating system, but Red Hat could die trying.) Will they expend too many resources trying to attack the Windows monopoly head on, rather than playing on Linux's unique strengths (and the ones it inherited from Unix) as a multi-user system, a server well-tuned for open Internet protocols, etc.?"

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