"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..."