Google calls for more limits on Microsoft
Jun 25, 2007
8:45 PM EDT
|This is about Linux. The techniques M$ uses to thwart Google are used every day in every way against Linux. Look at the difficulty Samba has to constantly shadow changes to networking protocols by M$ with no technical merit. The EU still has not obtained compliance and US DOJ appears not even to try. Look at the browser wars, the Java wars, the HTML wars, and the document format wars. This interference in the ability of users of Linux to run in the same building with that other OS should be punished severely. Fines and court orders do not do it. M$ should be banned from the market place for years to allow competition to flourish.
"411. Many of the tactics that Microsoft has employed have also harmed consumers indirectly by unjustifiably distorting competition. The actions that Microsoft took against Navigator hobbled a form of innovation that had shown the potential to depress the applications barrier to entry sufficiently to enable other firms to compete effectively against Microsoft in the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems. That competition would have conduced to consumer choice and nurtured innovation. The campaign against Navigator also retarded widespread acceptance of Sun's Java implementation.
This campaign, together with actions that Microsoft took with the sole purpose of making it difficult for developers to write Java applications with technologies that would allow them to be ported between Windows and other platforms, impeded another form of innovation that bore the potential to diminish the applications barrier to entry. There is insufficient evidence to find that, absent Microsoft's actions, Navigator and Java already would have ignited genuine competition in the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems. It is clear, however, that Microsoft has retarded, and perhaps altogether extinguished, the process by which these two middleware technologies could have facilitated the introduction of competition into an important market."
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