Fallout from the MS Anti-Trust decision -- move to an off-topic list?

Bryan J. Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Mon Nov 4 19:05:02 GMT 2002

[ I welcome everyone to come discuss this on an off-topic list -- LEAPBS.  FYI,
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Quoting "Christopher R. Hertel" <crh at ubiqx.mn.org>:
> I have been communicating with a lawyer friend who had some involvement
> with the Microsoft case.  Looking at the decision from the judge, we
> noted that it seems as though the prosecution failed to clearly explain
> Open Source and its importance in the marketplace to the judge.  As a result,
> the Judge did not recognize the importance of full and open disclosure
> of the APIs.

And when was Open Source _ever_ represented in the case?

That's been my "problem" with it all along.  You've got a mis-mesh of "screwed
over" 'competitors' and "we thought there was a free lunch" 'partners.'  _Never_
was Open Source _ever_ represented.

I have long advocated the government could do far more as Microsoft's largest
_customer_ than the nation's _regulator_.  I was surprised to see Mr. Ralph
Nader, who I really don't think much of, agree with me on this recently.

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