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SJ Mercury: Microsoft's Supplemental Offer of Proof

Jun 01, 2000, 05:34 (12 Talkback[s])

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[ Linux Today reader Doug Bostrom writes: ]

"In Service Pack 1 of the Offer of Proof to the Court, Microsoft once again resorts to the Linux defense. The Proof is essentially a collection of statements by various individuals who explicitly believe competition in software to be bad for the industry (with the exception of MIT Sloan School Dean Schmalensee, to be fair)."

From the filing:

"Dean Richard Schmalensee:...
2. It has also become increasingly clear that Linux is a serious competitor as an operating system for a variety of non-PC devices that compete directly with personal computers running Windows. An example of this increasing competition is reflected in a series of recent announcements by AOL and Gateway. Last month, Gateway announced that it would develop and sell a machine targeting the AOL on-line service and other AOL offerings that would run on a version of Linux customized by a team including Linux's original developer, Linus Torvalds. The machine is to use AOL/Netscape's "Gecko" browser technology, also known as Navigator 6.0. The AOL/Gateway machines automatically will launch a feature known as "Instant AOL" that is a customized version of AOL's online service. They also will offer e-mail, Instant Messenger, news, popular AOL content and personalized services. The machines, and others like it, will provide direct competition for personal computers running Windows."

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