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____/ High Plains Thumper on Friday 25 Sep 2009 04:27 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Recent:
>> MS steps on a Snapdragon
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> That brings us back to the Asus and what was billed as the
>>> best netbook/smartbook of the show. You have a company that
>>> kicked off the netbook craze two years ago with the Eee, an
>>> OS that is not only MS free, but Linux based as well, and a
>>> chipmaker that actually delivers product. The buzz was
>>> growing at Computex, and that would create a PR disaster for
>>> MS.
>>> So it went away. No really, it went POOF in the middle of
>>> the show. No explanation, no excuses, just that it was there
>>> one day, and gone the next. PR disaster averted for Redmond,
>>> phew.
>> `----
>> http://www.semiaccurate.com/2009/06/12/ms-steps-snapdragon/
> Very suspicious.  Snapdragon is an ARM CPU, very cool running and
> efficient.  I wonder if the EU has concerns over the shenanigans
> going on with such type manoeuvres, which seem to be related to a
> circumvention of competition in the market place.

The Russian government has an investigation of it. 

Press-release of 21.07.2009

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| On 15th July 2009, the Commission of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS
| Russia) began proceedings in a case against ÂÐÑÐr Inc.Â, ÂASUSTeK Computer
| Inc.Â, ÂToshiba CorporationÂ, ÂHewlett-Packard CompanyÂ, Â Samsung
| Electronics Co., Ltd. and ÂDell Inc. for the elements of violating the
| antimonopoly legislation. In accordance with the Determination of 20th July
| 2009, the FAS Russia's Commission, investigating the case, suspended the case
| until receiving additional evidence. The case will continue on 10th September
| 2009.


- From Russia with Linux

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| Be sure Microsoft will put up a fight, because it will:
|    1. Make clear to the customer what he pays for and how much he pays for
|       it;
|    2. Make it virtually impossible to impose its terms to hardware
|        manufacturers;
|    3. Give customers a real alternative, backed by a major company;
|    4. Expose the vulnerability of its business model in the 21st century to
|       the shareholders in a way that cannot be misunderstood;
|    5. Create a dangerous precedent - if here, why not in the US?


Less related to this (but also from this year):

Russia launches antitrust probe of Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| Russia's state anti-monopoly service launched a probe of Microsoft Corp over
| cutbacks in supplies of the Windows XP operating system in Russia, it said on
| Thursday.
| The agency said it thought Microsoft had violated antimonopoly legislation by
| cutting delivery of Windows XP to Russia both separately and pre-installed on
| personal computers, as well as in its pricing policy on the product.


Russia now considers Microsoft a monopoly


Microsoft To Officially Become a Monopoly in Russia

,----[ Quote ]
| Yesterday Russian anti-monopoly authorities informed us about the fact that
| they intend to officially include Microsoft in the register of monopolies
| doing business in the country.
| [...]
| In this manner the company will be monitored to see if it uses prices that
| are unreasonably high or unreasonably low and prevent competition in the
| market.


Russia has other plans in mind:

Medvedev Confirms Free Software Support

,----[ Quote ]
| [via Google Translate: President of the Russian Federation as outlined its
| position on free software: ÂAnother issue - this is information technology in
| the social sphere. We actually tried to do so as part of a national project.
| Probably something that succeeded, but for now this is just the beginning. We
| must consider that the next move - to the domestic free software. I dealt
| with this topic, the results we have, we have already prepared their
| programs, which allow to create, in essence, a product is qualitative, based
| on free software, but is already tied to our realities Â.]


Company ALT Linux has released a new server distro for schools

,----[ Quote ]
| The set of products developed by ALT Linux in the school project, added a new
| distribution, released under the title "School Server 4.1 and based on
| code-based server distribution for small and medium-sized businesses - ALT
| Linux Office Server, adapted for the educational institutions. ÐÑÑÐÐÐÐÐÑÐÑÐ
| 670 MB and is distributed freely.


Russian Federation Commits to Open Source

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| Open source software development in Russia is one of the most important
| directives for Igor Schegolev - the Head of the Ministry of Information
| Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation. At a key meeting
| with Werner Knoblich, Red Hat Vice President for EMEA, he announced support
| for a Russian Fedora association and for Red Hat development in the Russian
| Federation. He also expressed support for open source infrastructure and
| applications, and the development of a repository for industry best practice.


Russia To Develop a National Operating System

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| "According to Russian media, the Russian Government is going to develop a
| National Operating System (Google translation; Russian original) to lower its
| dependencies on foreign software technology licensing. The Russian plan will
| base its efforts on Linux and expects a worldwide impact. Microsoft is also
| involved in the roundtable process that led to the recommendation. The
| Chinese government successfully lowered its Microsoft licensing costs through
| an early investment in a national Linux distribution. I wonder if other large
| markets, such as the European Union, will also develop their own Linux
| distributions or join in the Russian initiative."


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