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Aug 06, 2009, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Thompson)

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"It's all part of the great game.

"Yet even though individual companies are trying to gain market share and the vast riches that will come from having a dominant position in particular sectors of the technology market, they share an ideological commitment to the increased penetration of computer technology in society, to building a world that is completely dependent on the systems, services, tools and hardware they are capable of providing.

"That shared ideology is far more significant than the specifics of particular alliances or clashes over certain parts of the market. Google's Chrome OS, for example, is really just a minor adjustment of pieces on the chess board of the modern computing industry, neither a declaration of intent against Microsoft nor an attempt to annex GNU/Linux into Google's worldview."

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