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[3]: APIs
by stestagg on Tue 18th Sep 2007 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: APIs"
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Well, that's pretty much th case already for Linux, so thanks. Ok, the scheduler debate recently has highlighted some resistance to pluggable schedulers, but there are known ways to replace, and bundle for sale, a different scheduler. The GUI layer (HWND API??) can be replaced, albeit not so easily, but GTK/Gnome can be compiled for DirectFB instead of X, just by specifying a simple ./configure switch. As for filesystems, take your pick. I think they've even got Linux booting from NTFS nowadays, so even MS get a piece of the action. There's plenty of choice of window manager. It seems that Linux wins on consumer choice every time.

But all that is meaningless, It's not about 'big governments' conspiriting to topple this great example of good American capitalism, it's about making sure that people have choice, and if MS have manoeuvred themselved into a position where they are stifling free maket and consumer choice, even accidentally, then this must be rectified.

Remember, America isn't really the land of the free (in its strictest sense), there are laws to prevent certain behaviours, you aren't allowed to go out and shoot random people in the street, because it's accepted that freedom must be protected by law. The same is true of a free-market.

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