Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th May 2008 20:24 UTC
Microsoft In February 2008, the European Commission fined Microsoft for the record-breaking amount of 899 million Euros, for not complying to the 2004 ruling from Brussels. Today, Microsoft announced it has decided to appeal the fine. "We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the court. We will not be saying anything further," the company stated.
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Comment by satan666
by satan666 on Sat 10th May 2008 03:16 UTC
satan666
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2008-04-18

Guys, we are software users, all of us. How can we not hate Microsoft for making us pay more than we should. How can we not love open source for driving the prices down? Do you really think that Microsoft lowered the price for the Windows license for eeePC because Microsoft cares for us? Microsoft lowered the price to crush Linux. And after Linux dies, they'll up the prices again. How can we, as customers not hate Microsoft for what they did with eeePC in Australia? How about the Mandriva OLPC for Nigeria? How about Netscape? How about OOXML? The fine they got is nothing. What's one billion when they made hundreds of billions by enforcing their monopoly?

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RE: Comment by satan666
by WereCatf on Sat 10th May 2008 04:19 in reply to "Comment by satan666"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

How can we not love open source for driving the prices down?

I personally love open source because it's free as in libre, not because of it's price. Sure, price is a big deal too but it shouldn't be the most important thing aspect of open source software.

And what good does fining Microsoft do? The executives do make insane amounts of money monthly anyway, and I'd imagine Microsoft will just raise the cost of some service or software to get the money lost on the fine back..And please do bear in mind that not all employees there are "evil". There are those who do work there just to be able to support themselves or their family.

While I do very much dislike the things Microsoft has done I still think that the tactics of just coming up with some excuse to fine them then finding another excuse and do that again and again isn't any better. Even if others play unfair one should maintain their integrity and play fair..

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RE[2]: Comment by satan666
by JamesTRexx on Sat 10th May 2008 05:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by satan666"
JamesTRexx Member since:
2005-11-06

I still think that the tactics of just coming up with some excuse to fine them then finding another excuse and do that again and again isn't any better.


That's just it, they don't have to come up with excuses when Microsoft keeps on playing unfair after being told not to.

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