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Inprise Developer News: The monopoly monster

Nov 24, 1999, 17:11 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

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"Frankenstein and his creation come to mind when I contemplate developers' reactions to Judge Jackson's findings of fact in the Microsoft-DOJ antitrust case. Having found Microsoft to be a monopoly (a kind of monster), the mob has been quick to loudly indict: Tear it to pieces! Restrain it permanently! Confine it! Destroy it!"

"So Microsoft is a monster. What does one do with a monster? What is the reasonable response? How should the company itself view its actions? What is the role of the development community? What does the whole issue seem to predict for the future? Obviously, such questions can't even be considered from the perspective of an angry, frightened mob...."

"One thing is certain: We shouldn't be scared of monsters anymore. If you're still concerned about Microsoft's power, there are things you can do. For your next project, why not base your choice of development environment on merits, rather than on market share? Why not get hold of a Linux distribution and learn to use it? How about learning to program on it? How about supporting more portable and open programming languages like Python, Perl, and Java? How about choosing something different from Windows to run the gadget you're giving yourself for Christmas? As we often tell kids, just ignore the monster and it will go away."

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