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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Failed to Foil Google Deal

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Failed to Foil Google Deal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 17:39:06 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
EU Ready To Approve Google, DoubleClick

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| Despite privacy and competitive concerns, it appears European regulators will 
| follow tradition and approve Google's DoubleClick acquisition. 



Google's Secret Weapon

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| "[Google is] an example of a company that literally couldn't have existed in 
| the same form pre-Linux or pre-open source," says Jim Zemlin, executive 
| director of The Linux Foundation -- the organization that pays Linus Torvalds 
| to work on the Linux kernel. "If they had to rely on Microsoft or Sun, not 
| only would it have been too expensive, they could not have done the 
| modifications necessary to create their services."     
| The last point is confirmed by Google's Open Source Programs Manager Chris 
| DiBona, who joined the company in August 2004 to oversee and coordinate its 
| open source activities: "The thing about open source [is], it's kind of like 
| it's yours. Considering that Google does an insane amount of software 
| development, if we had to have some of the restrictions that heavily 
| proprietary would present us, we couldn't develop at the speed that we do."      


What Android means for Apple, MS, open source, enterprises

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| The GPhone never happened, but Android is a much more significant development
| [...]
| A better approach, argues Dan Kohn, COO of the Linux Foundation, is to pick 
| one set of standards that IT will support for calendaring, email 
| applications, VPN and so on, and tell users they can use any mobile phone 
| compatible with those standards.   
| [...]
| What Android means for open source and Linux
| Linux already has a major presence on mobile phones, but the entrance of 
| Google and the Open Handset Alliance — which has 34 member organisations 
| worldwide — adds to the momentum.  
| "We're a huge believer in diversity of options on mobile phones," Kohn of the 
| Linux Foundation says. "Linux is already an important, growing presence 
| there. I think having the Google software as an additional open source option 
| is only going to accelerate that adoption."   


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