Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:46 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal Internet search leader Google is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft's Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users. In a 49-page document filed April 18 with the U.S. Justice Department and state attorneys general, Google alleged that the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system impairs the performance of 'desktop search' programs that find data stored on a computer's hard drive. Besides bogging down competing programs, Google alleged Microsoft had made it too complicated to turn off the desktop search feature built into Vista.
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archiesteel
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2005-07-02

Yes, I did. Do you have something that contradicts what I said about it?


Well, you must have been only skimming, because the whole affair with the beta version of Windows 3.1 was only one of such "incidents". Microsoft made many efforts to break compatibility. The Windows 3.1 beta story was the last of that particular anti-competitive maneuver.

However, Microsoft did the same thing against for PC-DOS years later (for Microsoft 95, in fact). Microsoft was sued about this by Caldera, and despite its numerous (and unsuccessful) attempts to get the case dismissed, it eventually settled out of court.

Oooohh, stories are floating around. Very good. Let me guess, it's that email from the 90s from Bill Gates, right?


Right. But perhaps you don't consider Bill Gates a reliable source...personally, I do. And in this case, it's quite clear what the intention is: make ACPI harder to work under Linux (and other alternative OSes).

Fortunately, ACPI support on Linux is finally catching up, thanks to the dedicated work of the FOSS community.

That Microsoft can do no wrong is irrelevant - FUD in the form of uninformed meme "let me tell you about X and Y" soundbites is the problem.


FUD? It's not FUD, it's the truth. I gave the DR-DOS as an example that MS has in fact done these types of things before while responding to someone who claimed that MS wouldn't do such a thing. Well, it did. I'm not saying that it is doing now, I'm simply stating what is *known* to be true, i.e. that they have not been above this type of dirty trick in the past.

MS can't act in such ways and then expect people to automatically give them the benefit of the doubt. When you're shifty and underhanded, that reputation follows you - and no amount of shilling by the Microsoft Defense Brigade is going to change this perception.

This is not a PR problem for MS to solve. Rather it must truly change its ways, and be patient about regaining the trust it once enjoyed.

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