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Re: EU Says Microsoft Broke Antitrust Law To Seal Monopoly

  • Subject: Re: EU Says Microsoft Broke Antitrust Law To Seal Monopoly
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 16:27:04 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Rick ] on Saturday 29 April 2006 15:35 \__

> On Sat, 29 Apr 2006 07:18:30 -0700, Au79 wrote:
>> High Plains Thumper wrote:
>>> Au79 wrote:
>>>> http://cwflyris.computerworld.com/t/477634/388984/17412/2/
>>> Will Microsoft honor the EU judge's decision?
>>> (Will we see blue helmeted UN troops in Redmond?   ;-)
>> May be they can accomplish what the US government couldn't.
> They won't be able to break up Microsoft, either.

They can weaken them at the least.

__/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Saturday 29 April 2006 10:59 \__

> [quote] The commission found that Microsoft leveraged the
> power of its 95% share of the PC operating system market to
> capture 60% of the market for work group servers, which let
> desktop users sign on to a network, access files and print
> documents. [/quote]
> [quote] "It has used privileged interoperability information,
> and repeated requests for that information are denied," Whelan
> said. He said that gave Microsoft "a double lock on the
> personal computer markets." [/quote]
> Thus for true interoperability, one was required to use
> proprietary servers.  Hence, this would account for the
> increase in proprietary versus other servers.

Not only that, but users on the desktop are alsourged to take advantage of
servers that are proprietary. Take, for instance, the Exchange
server-Microsoft Outlook combination. In a work environment where people
collaborate through the network layer, such closed-source protocols can
truly make life harder. I say this because I become a sufferer once in the
past. No more however.

> [quote] Microsoft lawyer Ian Forrester said the commission's
> solution raises problems for the legal protection of ideas.
> Microsoft "is being told to give a worldwide license in
> perpetuity" that involves its patents, copyright and trade
> secrets, Forrester said. [/quote]
> I find it difficult that a protocol for communication between
> server, client, and other similar servers would be considered
> a trade secret.  How the coding is done "under the bonnet"
> would be understood as a patent, copyright and trade secret.
> However, information passed between would not.

All that the European Commission demands (at least initially) is
well-structured documentation. The problem arose when a monopoly never
drafted a protocol properly or negotiated it with industrial peers. It can
unilaterally decide to /extend/ code (thus protocols) whenever it desires to
do so. Samba can suffer because it is not a so-called '_industrial_ partner'
and it merely backward-engineers what comes into existence from in the Dark
State, frequently in the form of binary files and miscomprehensible data

Best wishes,


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