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Full Article Attached Microsoft Violated Sherman Antitrust Act

Monday April 3rd, 2000

In his ruling today, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found Microsoft in violation of the Sherman Antritrust Act, stating that "The Court concludes that Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market".

Microsoft's problem was that they had lost all credibility with the judge, and thus he had no option but to side with the facts presented by the government.

Click here to read an excerpt at ABCNews.com.

Here's a link to the ruling. Click "Full Article" below for some of our own excerpts. More to come, as we go over the ruling in more detail.


#13 Re: Re: NS got beat fairly?

by mozineAdmin

Monday April 3rd, 2000 7:50 PM

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"No one pays for using shared libraries, tpc/ip stacks, pull-down menus or filemanagers. All these things are universal, and part of any end-user operating system."

They're packaged with the OS, but not part of the OS. There's a difference.

Following your line of reasoning, any software can be part of the OS, and thus must be free. The browser has been, and will continue to be, an adjunct to the OS, and an application, not part of the OS itself. It's simply not low-level enough to qualify as part of the Operating System.

"Netspace 6 won't comply to DOM3 either."

This doesn't change the fact that IE's DOM isn't standard, and that IE is not a "better browser" because of its DOM implementation.

"Where exactly are the 'official' standards for Mozilla's 'Blackwood'?"

Mozilla allows the ability to use any Java environment that implements the OJI interface. Proprietary? Maybe - but it's a proprietary solution that allows for a more open browser/java integration, and more choice for the consumer. Microsoft's Java implementation is meant to lock people in to their version. And it's also Open Source, so any other browser manufacturer can implement it.

"I have Mozilla, Netscape 4, Netscape 4.7 and IE5 installed. No problems here. "

But your OS has parts of IE in memory constantly, even if you're not running it (even if you never started it). And you don't have a choice in the matter. For me, that's a problem.

"What would have happened if my car manufacturer wouldn't sell wheels with the car, but told me to go to a wheel manufacturer?"

That's not a valid analogy. Here's a better one. Your car manufacturer sells you a car with a 5 speaker sound system with a subwoofer, and tells you that it's free. You decide to remove it (or install a system from a different company) only to find that the existing one is hardwired into your ignition, and if you remove it, your car won't start. And you find out later that even though car prices across the industry have fallen over the past 5 years, the price of the car you bought has stayed the same.