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ZDNet: Open-source antitrust penalty for Microsoft?

Jan 25, 2001, 18:02 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"The damage that counts is already done. Microsoft has been judged to be an outlaw corporation; what's up for debate now is the nature of the punishment. In its long record of being sued for unfair practices, the company has settled and lost more than it has won. And despite some residual hero worship on the part of some who see ruthless greed and lawlessness as a virtue, the bloom is clearly off this rose."

"As for the punishment, if the U.S. and/or state government really want to stick it to Microsoft, they need do nothing to Microsoft. They merely need to adjust their own practices. The worst damage governments can do to Microsoft is to give open source consideration for use in public software projects.'

"I'm not asking for governments to give specific tax funding to open-source projects. All I'm suggesting is that governments, as their ultimate punishment of Microsoft, do what it takes in their own procurement and IT policies to make open availability of source code a desirable feature in future requests for proposals (RFPs) and other software-related tenders."

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