Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 10:23 UTC
Intel As was already revealed by eWeek earlier this week, the EU has imposed a massive fine on Intel for abusing its monopoly position. The fine is larger than the one given to Microsoft: 1.06 billion EUR, or 1.44 billion USD, opposed to the 899 million EUR fine imposed upon Microsoft.
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"At least Intel continually posts real improvements, year to year which are measurable and the costs keep going down.
Agree. I would much rather see that billion-with-a-B go toward new or improved fab processes. Or toward funding of more projects like the International Components for Unicode or its Threading Building Blocks. You guys are all so quick to side with the EU, but lest we forget their unmatched openness regarding hardware specs, allowing Linux to easily support the most common GPUs, RAID chipsets, network cards, etc in the world. "

Regardless, it is still a no-no for a company with over 80% of a market to pay other companies to not use a competitor's product. That is the rule.

The reason for the rule is simple: it is too hard for a new company to enter a market that is being protected by a dominant player. Monopolies are not good for the public best interests, competition is good, ergo ... stifiling of competition is a no-no.

The rules are the rules. You break the rules, you get a fine. It is that simple.

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