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____/ chrisv on Monday 19 January 2009 16:40 : \____
> Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>>> SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
>>> 68. Microsoft has used its monopoly in the operating system market to
>>> dictate the terms and conditions trader which OEMs are engaged, on
>>> Microsoft?s behalf and as Microsoft?s agent, to communicate Microsoft?s
>>> offers of end-user licenses to purchasers of PCs. OEMs have no choice but
>>> to accede to Microsoft?s demands. Because of Microsoft?s monopoly, both the
>>> OEMs and Microsoft believe that there does not exist a single, commercially
>>> viable alternative to the pre-installation of Microsoft operating systems
>>> on PCs manufactured and sold by OEMs. Conclusions of Law, 87 F. Supp. 2d a
>>> 37. Because OEMs have no other viable choice, Microsoft effectively forced
>>> OEMs to preinstall Microsoft operating systems on their PCs and to jointly
>>> act with Microsoft to offer end-user licenses for acceptance or rejection
>>> by customers under terms strictly and exclusively dictated by Microsoft. As
>>> an example of Microsoft's domination and control of the OEM distribution
>>> channel, Microsoft strictly limits the freedom of OEMs to add to, delete
>>> from, or modify the operating system, its start-up sequence, or the content
>>> and appearance of the Windows desktop.
> Of course, only monoply power in the market allows such abuse.
>> "Linux is free, and yet it's still at 1% after 17 years," flatty
> Sure, because there's "something wrong" with Linux. Nothing at all to
> do with Micro$oft dirty tricks. According to shitheaded trolls,
I liked this part:
"n. Microsoft retaliated against industry participants that supported DR-DOS.
For example, when Z-Nix Inc. bundled DR-DOS 6.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.1,
proclaiming no incompatibilities, Microsoft’s Brad Silverberg wrote: "look
what znix is doing! cut those fuckers off." Within three weeks, Microsoft
demanded an audit of Z-Nix’s entire business and then commenced a copyright
and trademark infringement action. Z-Nix was forced to file for bankruptcy in
or around 1995;"
~~ Best of wishes
"If the operating system is in fact a natural monopoly, then what could be
better than having an operating system that nobody owns?"
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