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<snip>Frankly, RHAT's greatest competition may come from MSFT, but rather than a Windows vs. Linux scenario, it could conceivably be Linux vs. Linux (http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/computing/03/06/ms.linux.idg/index.html). As Linux continues to grow (and it will), MSFT will continue to feel the pressure. For every desktop shipped with Linux and for every person who replaces MS Windows, MSFT takes 2+ hits. First, it's the loss of the operating system sale. Second, it's the loss of application sales (however many this might be). In some cases, this translates as revenue to RHAT and in other cases it doesn't (right now). RHAT's challenge is to position itself such that it is THE Linux choice, and they have made great inroads toward this.</snip>

A couple of months back MS went through a major reorg. It was reported as a precursor to a possible break up of the company by the government. In the past couple of days a MS "settlement" is back in the news. I can see the spin now--MS settles, agrees to split the OS, internet, applications divisions. Two weeks later, it announces it's MS Office Linux distro. Another "innovation".</spit>

/mike
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