Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 11:30 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that they'd create a joint research facility, where both company's technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, they're staffing up.
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RE[3]: ms/novell
by zztaz on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ms/novell"
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The MPEG cartel wants to have a monopoly over multimedia formats, and that's legal. If they succeed because they offer the best combination of technology and license terms, that's fine.

Microsoft wants the same thing, and is free to compete for it on the same terms. But there's a catch.

Microsoft controls the dominant desktop, to the point where they have monopoly power. That's legal. But they can't use control of the desktop to gain control over new monopolies.

Monopolies aren't illegal. Abuse of the power of a monopoly is. The MPEG cartel didn't use some other monopoly to make their formats popular. They competed.

My agenda is to counter abuse of power, and abuse of monopoly power in particular. Microsoft has a lot of power, and a history of abusing it. I'm not anti-Microsoft, I'm anti-abuse. I'm opposed to certain actions by Microsoft or any other company. I give Microsoft credit where credit is deserved, and scorn where scorn is deserved.

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