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ZDNet UK: Xbox Linux Team Issues Antitrust Plea

Mar 10, 2003, 15:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

[ Thanks to Les Brunswick for this link. ]

"A group of Linux programmers has sent an open letter to the European Commission, asking the EU's executive arm to protect their efforts to build Linux software for Microsoft's Xbox video game console.

"Three members of the Xbox Linux Project, which has successfully built versions of the GNU/Linux operating system that can be run on the Xbox, argued in a letter faxed to the EC's antitrust arm that the console is little more than a Microsoft-only PC system cross-subsidised by the software company's operating system monopoly.

"The project's letter raises questions about the extent to which computer manufacturers should be allowed to control what runs on their hardware. Intel and Microsoft are working on initiatives that would tighten controls over how software is allowed to run on PCs..."

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