New Poll Request

Saturday February 27th, 1999

A new PCWeek article states that many antitrust specialists are now believing that the government will not only win its case against Microsoft, but withstand an appeal as well. What will the remedy be?

Our next poll will be "If you needed to propose a remedy at the end of the Microsoft trial, it would be to ______." This time, however, we're doing the poll a little differently.

We'd like you to submit to us possible answers to the remedy question. We'll take our favorite responses, and use ten of them in the poll. If they require extra explanation, we'll do a little news piece to accompany the poll that explains the choices in detail.

So, for now, what we need from you is this: Send email to with your possible remedy for Microsoft's antitrust violations. It should contain a title, _as short as possible_, that describes the remedy (so it fits in the poll space). It should be followed by a short description of the remedy for clarity.

Your remedy can be as useful or as silly as you like. No rules. If you propose castrating Bill Gates in a public display, it might be illegal, but it may be intriguing enough to make it into the poll.

#11 Re:New Poll Request

by Alan Wild <>

Sunday February 28th, 1999 4:49 PM

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Although forcing MS to open their code base is ideal, like most ideals, it's not realistic.

I say they should be required to publish _ALL_ (present and future) API's and protocols publiclly. Not only in books but on their web sites as well.

That would go a long way to helping SAMBA, WINE and other OSS projects.

NOTE: This idea is not original. One of the webzines ran an article and this is what the author proposed. Unfortunately, I can't remember the URL. If anyone has it, please post it.