ZDNet: Open Source Play for Real?
Jul 24, 2002, 16:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"I can understand why RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, tired of
fighting the unfair fight with Microsoft, has joined forces with
the open source community.
"After all, he spent 10 years at Microsoft and knows how the
company thinks and operates. He learned a great deal about business
strategy from his former boss, Bill Gates. He also knows that his
company has a big target on its back and that Microsoft is zeroing
in on it, gaining share in key markets they cohabit.
"Now, he's suddenly Robin Hood with a merry band of open
sourcers who will save the shire from the omnivorous Microsoft.
Well, not quite. Glaser is trying to outflank Microsoft by hooking
up with the open source community, but it's not clear to me that
the open source community is fully prepared to join forces with