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The Register: EC Erects Toll Booth for Microsoft's Open Source Rivals

Mar 25, 2004, 17:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Far from penalizing Microsoft, Wednesday's decision by the European Commission assures a bright future for the company as a patent licensing operation, according to one representative only two open source interests called to testify before the investigation.

"Because Microsoft will be allowed to pursue royalty revenue from the APIs it publishes, Jeremy Allison says that the projects such as Samba, which he jointly leads, may face a prohibitive hurdle. Microsoft's competitors use software such as Samba to access file and print services on Windows machines..."

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