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ZDNet: Open Source Play for Real?

Jul 24, 2002, 16:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

"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 RealNetworks yet..."

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