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LinuxPlanet: Rant Mode Equals One: Just Say No, Bill!

May 08, 2000, 17:42 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"...let me get this straight--Microsoft's power to make their system less susceptible to viruses is directly related to the connectivity between his application and operating-system people. Let me also infer what's being said: "Don't break up Microsoft--it's bad for the anti-viral defense of the country."

"The break-up may not be the best remedy. It's not intended to make us all more secure. It's not intended to make your company healthier. If it causes your product to be less secure--doubtful, by the way--then so be it. ... Maybe people will switch to some other operating systems (note the s on the end of that word). Maybe nine-tenths of the households in America will not be running operating systems with the exact same immune system. ... n other words, with a little competition in the equation, we'll all be more secure. Without a doubt, we won't have to depend upon a company as incompetent as Microsoft in the security arena. We as a nation will have choice--the ability to choose things like more security instead of ease of use, for example."

"That's an alternate reality that Microsoft may not like, but it's the best one for all of us if you're telling us that you cannot make more secure products without having immoral collusion between your operating system division and your applications developers."

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