Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 12:41 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows "Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence. Here is what Microsoft has to say: "An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a 'new personal computer' to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required." Please note that this does not go for retail copies of Windows, but only for OEM versions.
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RE[4]: This has to be a joke
by Moulinneuf on Fri 17th Feb 2006 16:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This has to be a joke"
Moulinneuf
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Microsoft has a larger monopoly on desktop operating systems than Standard Oil ever had on refinery."

To be a monopoly you have to be the only one with a service or the only one allowed to provide the service. Thats basically the definition of monopoly , which apparently you dont know and dont understand. How do you explain Apple Mac OS X , OS/2 , GNU/Linux , Pc-BSD , if its a monopoly ?

"They might not ban you from this site because they find you amusing"

Thats a good question , ask them if they feel like it they will provide you an answer.

"but in the future please refrain from replying to my comments with nonsense."

Only nonsense I see is written by "Get a Life". Btw just to make sure you get it :

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&scoring=d&ie=utf-8&...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly

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RE[5]: This has to be a joke
by rcsteiner on Fri 17th Feb 2006 16:47 in reply to "RE[4]: This has to be a joke"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

According to the US Dept of Justice's Findings of Fact document, section III:

"34. Viewed together, three main facts indicate that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power. First, Microsoft's share of the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems is extremely large and stable. Second, Microsoft's dominant market share is protected by a high barrier to entry. Third, and largely as a result of that barrier, Microsoft's customers lack a commercially viable alternative to Windows."

http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm#iii

Apple Mac OS X was originally developed in isolation on a completely different hardware platform. That fact protected it from Microsoft's major attacks (preloads and exclusive deals with hardware makers), and enabled it to survive to the present day. The x86 version is a port of the protected development.

OS/2 was developed on x86 by what was then the largest software company in the world (IBM), but not even IBM could sustain its presence in the market. OS/2 is now unsupported by its maker, and has been in a steady decline markersharewise for over a decade. Keep in mind that IBM also received over US$700 million in compensation for Microsoft's past activities towards OS/2 in the US.

Linux and BSD were mainly developed competely outside of the commercial software marketplace. As noncommercial software development, they are largely immune from the effects of market forces.

Why are you ignoring the facts?

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RE[6]: This has to be a joke
by Moulinneuf on Fri 17th Feb 2006 17:55 in reply to "RE[5]: This has to be a joke"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"According to the US Dept of Justice's"

REJECTED. The US gov switch its stands on anything depending on who'spaying them that week. Also charge where made and brought up , but where eventually dropped in the US.

"Apple Mac OS ... protected development."

REJECTED. Mac OS X is based on closed BSD , If it where impossible technically to run on other platform BSD would only run on PPC. Core Duo would not exist either ...

"OS/2 was ...the US. "

REJECTED. IBM choose to deliberatly not support its OS as it wrongly believed that Operating system did not mather.

"Linux and BSD were ... immune from the effects of market forces. "

REJECTED. Red Hat , Novell , Mandriva , Linspire , etc ... are all inside the commercial software marketplace.

"Why are you ignoring the facts?"

You havent given any.

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RE[5]: This has to be a joke
by Get a Life on Fri 17th Feb 2006 16:56 in reply to "RE[4]: This has to be a joke"
Get a Life Member since:
2006-01-01

Maybe you should read your own links sometime.

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RE[6]: This has to be a joke
by Moulinneuf on Fri 17th Feb 2006 17:56 in reply to "RE[5]: This has to be a joke"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

I read and understand thank you.

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RE[5]: This has to be a joke
by Tyr. on Fri 17th Feb 2006 17:13 in reply to "RE[4]: This has to be a joke"
Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

From the article you linked to :

"Monopolistic competition
Main article: Monopolistic competition

Industries which are dominated by a single firm may allow the firm to act as a near-monopoly or "de facto monopoly", a practice known in economics as monopolistic competition. Common historical examples arguably include corporations such as Microsoft and Standard Oil (Standard's market share of refining was 64% in competition with over 100 other refiners at the time of the trial that resulted in the government-forced breakup). Practices which these entities may be accused of include dumping products below cost to harm competitors, creating tying arrangements between their products, and other practices regulated under antitrust law."

Somehow I don't think that was your point.

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RE[6]: This has to be a joke
by Moulinneuf on Fri 17th Feb 2006 18:05 in reply to "RE[5]: This has to be a joke"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"arguably include corporations such as Microsoft"

No actually , thats my point. There not a monopoly on Desktop OS but they act like one , because of there marketshare brute force. People think they have a monopoly on desktop OS , when they have a mopoly on being desktop default OS.

To be clear there not the only desktop OS around or in use. There the only one by default shipping by most manufacturer.

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