Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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RE[2]: the beginning of the end
by archiesteel on Tue 18th Sep 2007 00:29 UTC in reply to "RE: the beginning of the end"
archiesteel
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If ubuntu was used by 90%+ of the world, would firefox have to go?


Does Firefox belong to Ubuntu? No. Think about that for a little while and you'll see why your analogy *completely* misses the mark.

Bundling isn't an issue in Linux distributions, because the company doing the bundling doesn't own all the bundled software, and therefore can't get an unfair advantage to push its own technology on its customers.

You may think it's a trivial thing, but legally it makes all the difference in the world.

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