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Microsoft is already responsible for funding FOSS. Mr Gates claimed as much in interviews; "we fund Universities. Students at those school write FOSS. As such, FOSS is financed by our money so we have some claim too it" (I'm paraphrasing.. was a long while back I read it)
hehe.. seriously though, MS has it's own issues but this article was about Intel's abuses and MS always gets the attention in these discussions.
Your dead right though, the computer industry is a mess not remotely close to a healthy market place. Technological advances withheld in stock piles to be released slowly against some company's financial planning document. Competition through backroom deals and synthetic market forces versus competition through products and natural market forces. What other engineering related industry would tolerate such a mess?