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CNET News.com: Microsoft competitors hail ruling

Apr 04, 2000, 21:53 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems, Linux firms and others that compete directly against Microsoft recommended after today's ruling that the company be broken up. Although many analysts said such a drastic measure is unlikely, competitors maintained that it is the only appropriate remedy because it requires little long-term government scrutiny."

"Linux companies, perhaps those with the most to gain from Microsoft's loss, rejoiced in the verdict against the company and eagerly awaited the discussion of remedies."

"Ransom Love, chief executive of Linux seller and Windows competitor Caldera Systems, believes in antitrust law but doesn't like more direct involvement by the government. "I'm grateful to have the antitrust laws on the book," he said, but "I am not a fan of government intervention.""

"...TurboLinux chief executive Cliff Miller was disappointed that Jackson didn't rule against all Microsoft business practices. "Where they got off the hook here is in their hardware-bundling deals. I feel they have been quite heavy-handed," he said. He added that companies TurboLinux has approached have said they'd like to do business but declined to do so "because of pressure from Microsoft.""

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