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ZDNet: Linux: Red Hat Should Just Stop Whining

Jun 11, 2002, 01:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Coursey)

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"Two recent headlines are just too precious to let them pass without comment. Friday's 'Red Hat accuses Sun of Microsoft tactics' is one. The ZDNet version, 'Red Hat: Sun's being a bully,' wasn't as much fun, but the point is the same: Any company, given the chance, would use 'Microsoft' tactics against its competition.

"I've known this for a long time. Several years ago, when I was running conferences attended by hundreds of PC industry executives, I'd often ask the crowd if Microsoft was using unfair competitive tactics. Almost all the hands would go up. I would then ask the executives whether they'd do the same thing to their competitors if they could get away with it. Even more hands would go up.

"Red Hat is upset because Sun has started charging both end-users and OEMs for StarOffice, the Microsoft Office competitor that Sun owns and had previously given away. Red Hat has been including StarOffice for free in the box with its own Linux operating system; now it'll have to pay Sun if it wants to do that..."

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