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[4]: APIs
by MollyC on Tue 18th Sep 2007 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: APIs"
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It's fine that Linux allows interchangeable API for everything (seems it would drastically increase the size of the testing matrix for developers, but whatever). But do you say that government should mandate that all OSes behave like that?

As for your "It seems that Linux wins on consumer choice every time" statement, I think it's understood that consumers generally don't want choice, not on "complex" issues; they don't want to have to make a bunch of choices like "what file system should I use", "what memory manager should I use", etc.

"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."

See and learn that the EC commissioner disagrees with you. His goal isn't to provide more choice, it's to bring about a particular marketshare for a particular company, and until that happens, he will punish that particular company. In a scenario where everyone is able to compete equally (which is an impossibility; companies will always have advantages over others), but the vast majority chose Microsoft for whatever reason, the EC guy would consider that to be a failure on his part or to be abuse by Microsoft (almost by definition), and would enact further policies to bring about the marketshare that "we would like to see". In fact, the way he talks, if the EC mandated that 50% of consumers chose something besides Microsoft, then he would consider that a "good", even though that "good" came about by limiting choice rather than expanding it. Read carefully what he says in the link I provide above; it's truly scary stuff if you care about capatalism at all.

Edited 2007-09-18 10:05

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