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The lesson of the Penguin

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The lesson of the Penguin

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The move to launch an Open Source policy for QuickTime and bring its server software to NT machines could be the right move to impose QT as the "de facto" standard of Internet streaming. Distributors of live broadcasts on the Internet, American cable companies and ADSL service providers could be tempted by Apple's offer and give Cupertino technology an unprecedented opportunity. It would be a revenge – says C / Net in the context of a vast service on the past, on the present and on the future of streaming – and a true resurrection if you think that until a couple of years ago QT was on the verge of being buried by Microsoft's attack. Then, as our readers will remember, the company in Redmond fearing, as stated in the condemnation document of juce Jackson that examines the case in the context of the trial for illegal exercise of the monopoly, asked Apple to suspend the production of a Windows version of QT. The fear was in fact that the software, which allows to control most of the functions of a PC, could become, as Netscape risked, a sort of alternative to Win. From here tight negotiations that, according to Ave Tevanian at the head of software development, were also veiled by threats and the request to "kill the child (or QuickTime) in the cradle". Apple resisted on QT but accepted, in exchange for other concessions from Microsoft as the release of Office for Mac, to install Explorer on all its machines. Otherwise, said ancoa Tevanian, the money used for the development of Office would have been used for buttae Apple out of the multimedia market.Cos Apple was able to devote itself to developing a streaming version of QT that, caught in the gear, was losing ground "this despite being one of the preferred development environments for those who work in the video sector." With the release of version 4.0 the percentages of users who choose QuickTime to watch movies on the Internet are growing more every day. To date, according to a recent survey by Nielsen, Apple is closely following Microsoft (9.26% against 9.42%) in the streaming sector, a figure that could become even more favorable if Cupertino's latest moves are successful. During the recent NAB, in fact, Apple announced an open source version of its server software also compatible with NT and, moreover, distributed with according to the Open Source policy. Compatibility with PC machines and a project open to changes by the community of independent developers who can bend the software to the most disparate needs, it has been the key to the success of Linux as an operating system and could be the key to success even for QuickTime, until now considered only a third wheel in the lucrative sector of streaming on the Internet. "Apple – says C / Net – could be in a very favorable position in the high-speed content transmission sector. Cable and ADSL service providers increase and many of them choose streaming as one of the most important aspects of their marketing; in this situation, three different standards will probably not be tolerated. So Apple, thanks to the Open Source choice and multi-platform capability could end up being in a very favorable position. Unless Real Video and Windows Media Player actually become the standard before QuickTime can be successful ".

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