IBM All Over Again — In a Good Way

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Microsoft ruling creates opening for Linux

Monopolies are fought best through innovation. Technology watchers were outraged when the Reagan administration dropped the government’s longstanding antitrust action against IBM. Given the green light, IBM went back to its monopolistic ways, threatening to squash upstarts like Compaq and .It didn’t work, partly because end-users hated IBM and what it stood for, partly because Microsoft offered an open world to developers. Today the Ze Ayalas of the world harbor similar enmity toward . Their bandwagon is Linux and open-source software.

I can’t believe I agree with Paul Andrews.

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