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Washington Post: U.S., States Favor Plan to Split Up Microsoft

Apr 24, 2000, 12:41 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James V. Grimaldi)

"The goal of a breakup proposal would be to tear down the barrier to those entering into competition with Windows, sources said. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson described the barrier as the absence of a cluster of companies willing to write the software programs necessary to give a potential rival enough of a following to challenge Microsoft's Windows monopoly."

"This plan is meant to create one or two companies that could sell the bundle of software programs necessary to spur competition with the Windows operating system. The new company or companies could either become a competing operating system or license software to potential Windows rivals that now lack the programs necessary to compete with Microsoft's Windows."

"Another suggestion from industry supporters of the government case is that such a company might decide to write programs for Linux, the free operating system available over the Internet. That could turn versions of Linux into a viable Windows competitor, some industry executives argue."

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