Microsoft and Federal Government Reach Tentative Settlement

Wednesday October 31st, 2001

MSNBC is reporting that Microsoft has reached a tentative settlement with the Federal Government. The deal calls for a 5 year consent decree that forces Microsoft to release Windows without a variety of currently bundled programs like Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.

As you may know, the US Government has had consent decrees before, and Microsoft has completely ignored them, we feel. As in the past, we expect the version of Windows without the bundled packages to be almost identical in price to the current version of Windows. The last major question remaining is whether the State Attorneys General agree with the deal. We hope they do not, and push for much harsher punishment.

#9 No, Open Sourcing Windows is the Way

by tny

Thursday November 1st, 2001 11:03 AM

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Note that I mean "open source," the vague term of "give everyone the source code, and your documentation," not Open Source*. Their IP would still be covered as GPL IP is, by copyright law, and competitors in the non-OS markets would have a chance to keep up.