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This case study was compiled from published sources, and is intended to be used as a basis for class discussion. It is not intended to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a management situation. Nor is it a primary information source.

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Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 1990 - 2003
Organization : Microsoft
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Global
Industry : Information Technology (IT)

Abstract:

The successful evolution of Linux into a popular operating system had looked improbable when it was first launched a few years ago. That seems to have changed now. The number of Linux users is increasing and this is posing a threat to the dominance of Microsoft.

This case study shows how Linux is making inroads into the closely guarded territory of Microsoft, and how Microsoft is finding it difficult to respond effectively. The case can be used to enable students to compare the pros and cons of open source and proprietary software. It also illustrates the role of substitution in a technology-driven industry.

Contents:

  Page No.
Introduction 1
The Rise of Linux 1
Linux Based Business Models 3
The Linux Threat 5
Growing Acceptance among Corporates 6
Microsoft's Response 7
Conclusion 8
Exhibits -

Keywords:

Linux, Unix, Windows, IBM, Red Hat, Operating systems, Proprietary systems, Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Software, Lindows, Microsoft, Open source code, Intellectual property, Business models at Linux

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