Microsoft and the Threat of Linux



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Code : COM0040

Year :
2004

Industry : Information Technology and IT Enabled Services

Region : USA

Teaching Note:Not Available

Structured Assignment :Not Available

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Abstract: When open source software was gaining momentum during the early 1990s, little did the industry giants realise the menace posed by the plethora of software communities that collaborated to produce 'free' software.

The emergence of the Internet further strengthened the movement, which ultimately yielded a finished product in the form of Linux.

When giants like IBM and Dell started using Linux for their servers, they seemed to have an answer to Microsoft's dominance in the operating systems market.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss whether Microsoft will eventually have to 'open' its code to retain its dominance in the market.

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    Keywords : Microsoft, Linux, Competitive Strategies Case Study, GNU (Gnu's not Unix), Open source, Proprietary Software, Richard Stallman, IBM and Linux, Shared source initiative, Red Hat Linux

    Contents :
    Open Source and Free Software Movement A Precursor to Linux
    The Rising Linux
    The Acceding Giants


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