Two bitter enemies, caught in the same desperate situation. Years of hostility end in a handshake.
[Apr 2 2004]: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer & Sun CEO Scott McNealy announce broad cooperation agreement.
Microsoft pays Sun $1.95 billion. Why?
The customer took charge.
Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind...
and when the same thought occurs in another man, it is the key to that era /Ralph Waldo Emerson/.
[Aug 25 1991]: Linus Benedict Torvalds releases Linux.
[Oct 31 1994]: Halloween Release of Red Hat Linux.
[Jul 30 1998]: Oracle announces its first Linux port.
[Feb 3 1998]: Term "open source" is coined.
[Nov 19 1998]: Microsoft refutes monopoly charges by holding up a box of Red Hat Linux.
[Feb 17 1999]: Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, IBM, announce Linux-based systems.
[Apr 6 1999]: Dell is first to factory-install Red Hat Linux.
[Dev 12 2000]: IBM announces plans to spend nearly $1 billion on Linux in the next year.
[Jan 8 2001]: Ballmer calls Linux the biggest threat to Microsoft.
[May 3 2001]: Microsoft announces "shared source" initiative.
[Jan 23 2002]: IDC reports a 45-80% lower total cost of ownership for Linux over Unix.
[Mar 26 2002]: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Launched.
[Nov 4 2003]: Novell Acquires Suse for $210 million.
[Apr 2 2004]: Microsoft pays Sun $1.95 billion.
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. /James Russell Lowell/
Red Hat Linux from IBM.
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