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The Register: Microsoft 'killed Dell Linux' - States

Mar 19, 2002, 14:15 (59 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"The States' remedy hearing opened in DC yesterday, and States attorney Steven Kuney produced a devastating memo from [Joachim] Kempin, then in charge of Microsoft's OEM business, written after Judge Jackson had ordered his break-up of the company. Kempin raises the possibility of threatening Dell and other PC builders which promote Linux.

"'I'm thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. ... they should do a delicate dance,' Kempin wrote to Ballmer, in what is sure to be a memorable addition to the phrases ('knife the baby', 'cut off the air supply') with which Microsoft enriched the English language in the first trial. Unlike those two, this is not contested.

"The bullets aimed Spaghetti Western-style at the feet of the dancing OEMs translate to Microsoft withholding source code, according to the memo..."

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