Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[10]: Nice...
by Soulbender on Tue 28th Nov 2006 07:16 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Nice..."
Soulbender
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"A monopoly doesn't have to be absolute to be subject to violate federal statutes that regulate business trusts and monopolies."

Sure it does. MS is neither a monopoly nor a trust in the legal sense thus it is not subject to laws regulating monopolies and trusts. There are of course still many other laws it can be violating (using monopolistic practices, for example).
(Edit: I didn't express this well. What I mean is that MS can't be tried *as* a monopoly but it is still subject to the laws regulating and preventing the creation of monopolies)

"MS's market presence is strong enough for it to engage in monopolistic practices. Ergo, it is for all practical purposes a monopoly."

Not it is not. Using monopolistic practices does not make you a monopoly. It is however illegal to use monopolistic practices since it tend to lead to monopolies.
It really pains me to agree with NotParker but he is right on this; MS is not a monopoly in the legal sense.

( legal definition of monopoly: http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/m138.htm )

Edited 2006-11-28 07:25

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