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Salon: The greatest antitrust show on Earth. Again!

Feb 26, 2001, 12:31 (7 Talkback[s])

"3) The free-software angle. In mid-February, Microsoft executive Jim Allchin was widely quoted as declaring that open-source software was a threat to "innovation." He noted that Microsoft was busy lobbying policymakers to make sure that the government didn't offer undue support to open-source software. It doesn't appear that this will be a topic at the hearings, but it's a nice subplot. Maybe if the Justice Department is denied by the appellate court, all the disappointed prosecutors can go to work for Red Hat and sue for federal aid."

"4) Monopoly? What monopoly? Over the past year Microsoft's share of the OS market and the Web browser market has grown even mightier. Microsoft is also under investigation for purchasing a stake in software maker Corel, which not only owns WordPerfect, a product Microsoft has already made irrelevant, but has had big plans for a Linux-based operating system. Funny, it abandoned those plans shortly after the Microsoft deal."

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