September 7, 2001

Hometown reacts calmly to Microsoft decision

Author: JT Smith

ABCNews: "Red Hat Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based distributor of the competing Linux operating system, praised the
move to accelerate toward a resolution.

"That is good because it will help the technical industry focus more on growth instead of things like
this," said James Neiser, Red Hat's chief marketing officer.

Stephen Scott, a Los Angeles entrepreneur in Redmond for business, said he thinks the Justice
Department had a good case, but that the litigation was proving to be a damper on the technology
sector.

Scott offered a blunt assessment of the government's decision: "Wimps. They folded."

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