"As Microsoft awaits court approval of its landmark antitrust
settlement with the government, the company has angered some
competitors by tightly limiting the technical data it promised to
"Microsoft says the restrictions are normal for the software
industry and do not violate the terms of the settlement. But
competitors contend that Microsoft's actions are reminiscent of the
behavior that led to the antitrust case and reinforce their claim
that the entire settlement is inadequate.
"'It has done nothing to level the playing field,' said Mark
Webbink, general counsel for Red Hat, which sells a version of the
Linux operating system that competes with Microsoft's Windows.
"Deborah Majoras, the Justice Department's deputy attorney
general for antitrust, said her office is aware of the concerns and
is closely looking at them..."