CNET News.com: States reportedly propose Windows auctionMar 28, 1999, 18:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"State attorneys general preparing for antitrust settlement talks with Microsoft will ask the software giant to give up control of the Windows operating system, possibly through an auction, according to a report today.
"The idea for a forced auction of Windows licensing rights was one of several proposals the attorneys general will take to a negotiating session with Microsoft executives Tuesday, the Seattle Times reported."
"If a forced auction is unacceptable, the states say their goal could be attained by demanding that Microsoft make Windows available publicly on an "open source" basis..."
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