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Re: no green light for vista

  • Subject: Re: no green light for vista
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 01:31:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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__/ [ Rex Ballard ] on Monday 16 October 2006 02:32 \__

> Doug Mentohl wrote:
>> "The Commission has not given a "green light" to Microsoft to deliver
>> Vista because, as the Commission has consistently stated, Microsoft must
>> shoulder its own responsibilities to ensure that Vista is fully compliant
>> with EC Treaty competition rules"
>> http://tinyurl.com/yyzsqm
> Looks like Microsoft's worst nightmere has come true.  They are finally
> subject to the laws and power of a regulatory agency.
> If the EU blocks Vista completely, it could reduce demand in the USA.
> It could also prompt new regulatory actions in the USA.  After all, if
> the EU can bring Microsoft to heel, what's wrong with our politicians
> that they can't bring Microsoft into compliance with state, federal,
> and international laws?  Politicians might be suspected of being bribed
> by Microsoft.
> Sure, Microsoft wouldn't be so stupid as to just simply slip cash under
> the table.  They would donate to a favorite charity (a front  for a
> political action group?).  They would fund extravagant projects or
> contribute to pet projects in the appropriate districts (when a pet
> project, such as a theater, sports complex, convention center, or
> museum is well funded, it's a huge vote getter.

A company manipulating politicians? Say it ain't so... 

Leaked letter warns of open source 'threat to eco-system'

,----[ Quote ]
| leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of
| lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread
| adoption of open-source software.
| Sent in response to a recent report on the role of open-source
| software in the European economy, Microsoft-funded pressure
| group, the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) warned of
| potentially dire effects if too much encouragement was given
| to open source software development.


EU official joins consultancy serving Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| A European Commission official originally chosen to lead its antitrust
| case against Microsoft left on Friday last week to work for a
| consultancy that has the software firm as a client, a spokesman said.


US ambassador to the EU was former Microsoft lobbyist 

,----[ Quote ]
| Before C. Boyden Gray was named as George Bush's number one person in
| Europe, he was a lawyer lobbying on behalf of Microsoft. 


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


EU's Kroes denies vendetta against Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust chief Neelie Kroes on Tuesday
| rejected an accusation she was pursuing a vendetta against U.S.
| software giant Microsoft Corp. and suspected a "coordinated
| campaign" to discredit her agency.
| [...]
| Kroes was responding to a letter published by the newspaper
| from a Microsoft business partner who accused the EU Commission
| of "playing games" with Microsoft by raising concerns over its
| Vista operating system that could delay its launch in Europe.
| "There appears to be a coordinated campaign to portray the
| Commission in a negative light," she said...


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