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You have a rather simplistic outlook on things, Rick! Surely it is not that easy to build such a business? Why wouldn't everyone do it? People rob banks and liquidate and worse to obtain far less. If it were so simple, wouldn't they rather do this than risk going to jail?
Why do you suppose that they would draw the line there, Rick? Imagine how easy it would be to get a couple of the high school grads that seem to dominate the OSS scene and just put them to work fixing Windows! No need for all these PhDs and such. There's no law against doing that is there? If Mr. Softee had the monopoly AND the best feature set, there would be no stopping them ever, eh? I'd better report that!
Well, Rick, I know of the two DOJ cases and also the contempt hearing that resulted in the last DOJ case. Are there any more? Secret ones to thrill the OSS conspiracy theorizers? The EU case arose over the Media Player, IIRC. That wasn't even around until just a few years ago and then only after Microsoft was as well established as it is today. You can't use Media Player to show monopoly formation at all.
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On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 10:02:30 -0500, chrisv IMO, this is a bullpoo argument. What you are saying is "Why doesn't Microsoft let anyone ride on their coattails?" What you want is for your favorite...
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On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 11:11:12 -0500, Erik Funkenbusch What "riding"? M$ coerces OEMs and ISVs to *not* support and-or offer Linux with their products, plain and...
Well if the United States can't save you from Microsoft and the European Union cannot either, what hope do you have? It seems to me that you better start working on a new plan!