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It's about time: a return to anti-trust enforcement
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| As many of you know, I was a witness in the Microsoft antitrust remedy trial
| of 2001, and one of the specific abuses to which I testified was my sense
| that Microsoft threatened Red Hat's OEM partners, causing Dell to abruptly
| cancel a major Linux-based initiative only months after it had started.
| In that trial, Judge Kollar-Kotelly specifically struck the part of my
| testimony describing Microsoft's actions toward Dell as "retaliatory".
| Unfortunately the evidence of Comes v. Microsoft had not yet been developed,
| where it was demonstrated that Microsoft specifically said "we should whack
| [Dell]" and "we [should] be quite prescriptive in our investments with Dell
| relative to the competitive threats we see with Linux". Thus, while the
| evidence in the courtroom the day I testified may not have fully supported
| the statements I made, contemporaneous facts developed in others cases showed
| positively that Microsoft continued to abuse their monopoly power in ways
| that Microsoft denied that day.
Crimes Microsoft Gets Away With - So Far
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| News publications are cautious about making accusations, and because of that,
| some nasty acts of Microsoft are essentially being erased from the record.
| Microsoft convinced Baystar Capital to put $50 Million dollars into SCO's
| lawsuit against IBM and other Open Source users, and promised to "backstop"
| Baystar's investment if SCO lost money, according to this sworn testimony.
| But I'm told that one person's testimony, even sworn testimony, isn't proof.
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