To counter Microsoft's desktop hegemony, New York-based AOL Time Warner could use the deal to couple its America Online software, the market leader with more than 33 million Internet subscribers, with Red Hat's operating-system technology, sources said....Launch it off what, the CD-ROM? If so... welcome to The Linux That Crawled.
The AOL online software, which consumers can install free from the Web or a compact disk, is now designed to run on Microsoft's Windows operating system. But the AOL software could be configured to override Windows and launch a version of Red Hat's Linux operating system, sources said.
Saturday, January 19, 2002
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AOL in Negotiations to Acquire Red Hat (washingtonpost.com)