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Linux.com: The Death Penalty [for MS]

Apr 28, 2000, 15:29 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

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"In the spirit of enlightened compromise, many people suggest nice, neat, idealistic penalties to the Microsoft problem... The problem with compromises, however, is that they arise out of extreme positions. When reasonable people negotiate, and start with a compromise, they end up getting negotiated into a solution that is far more favourable to the extremist position. Already Microsoft is seeking to barter that solution down."

"Forget breaking up this company. Render it to raw materials. Seize its assets, hold it in trust for its employees and shareholders and sell it off, using the proceeds to fund the development of free software. Freely license the Windows source code to any of a thousand takers, and let the operating system fragment, diverge, and grow into a thousand niches."

"In short, completely destroy Microsoft as a corporate entity in its current form. Apply the death penalty."

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