[linux-elitists] Richard Schwartz is in charge of New York state's part in the Microsoft anti-trust action.

Doc Searls doc@searls.com
Fri Nov 2 17:19:31 PST 2001


At 5:28 PM -0500 11/02/2001, Jay Sulzberger wrote:
>The federal judge today gave the states until Tuesday to accept or reject
>the settlement proposed by Microsoft and the United States Department of
>Justice.  The proposed settlement would allow Microsoft and
>Dell/Compaq/HP/IBM/etc. to continue their practice of offering only
>Microsoft operating systems on mass market IBM style peecees, and further,
>refusing to give refunds in case the buyer does not run the Microsoft OS
>already on the hard disk.  The settlement, if accepted by all parties,
>including the judge, would formally sanction as legal this very effective
>blocking of competition at the level of the OS.

Aside from not appearing to contemplate a computing universe larger 
than Microsoft's, the settlement also seems to say nothing that 
*prohibits* the hardware guys from doing what they please with other 
OS vendors, or with other OSes. The (abridged) language goes...

"Microsoft shall not retaliate against an OEM...because it is known 
to Microsoft that the OEM is or is contemplating...developing, 
distributing, promoting, using, selling, or licensing any software 
that competes with Microsoft Platform Software."

Am I wrong about that? Not sure.

Doc

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