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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.


#30 Re: NS got beat fairly?

by ttielkes <t.r.tiekes@zap.a2000.nl>

Tuesday April 4th, 2000 12:22 AM

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

I don't see it. I have a WinNt and Debian workstation. Sometimes I use a PPC. Those things I mentioned are present/part of/packeged with all those operating systems.

>Microsoft's Java implementation is meant to lock people in to their version.

It allows people to use Windows specific services. The Perl packages on my Linux workstation allow the same thing. If I use Linux 2.2 kernel specific libraries from CPAN and than have trouble running my code on the OpenBSD office server, I don't complain. Same thing for any Java programmer using Microsoft tools.

The servlets I build in Visual J++ on my WinNT workstation run just fine on Debian, accessing the Postgres DB on the Win2000 box.

>But your OS has parts of IE in memory constantly... [snip]

Any OS has stuff running that some person could object to. Again, KDE's HTML renderer won't be reloaded every time it's needed either.

Your distinction between "OS and kernel" is highly academical in my view. I have a Nokia telephone with an embedded WAP/WML renderer. Next wave of mobile devices any internet appliances will all have XHTML 1.1 Basic or better browsers embedded in the OS.

Ok, my car analogy was flawed, take this one:

10 (or something) years ago, the Compact Disk players were a novelty. After some years though, every stereo set you buy has one. How *essential* something is, is determined by how it is *used*. 5 years ago, a internet browser wasn't essential. It is now.