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How RealNetworks can become an open source player [ZDNet]

Jul 26, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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ZDNet editor-in-chief Dan Farber offers analysis of RealNetwork's embrace of open source . . .

“I can understand why RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, tired of fighting the unfair fight with Microsoft, has joined forces with the open source community . . . “

“Glaser and team propose to create a robust ecosystem built around an open source version of RealNetworks's streaming media technology, called Helix. The media distribution platform supports multiple audio and video file formats, including those developed for Microsoft's Windows Media platform . . . “

” . . . rather than continue to wage a head-to-head battle and end up debilitated like Netscape, take a lesson from how the Linux world has galvanized and gained credibility in the market at Microsoft's expense. Granted it is small in terms of dollars and market share, but it is a trend at the beginning of its life cycle, and one that has serious momentum . . . “

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