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Open Source Pleased to See Microsoft in European Legal Hot Water

Sep 19, 2007, 16:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"'Schadenfreude' is a German word meaning to take pleasure in the trouble of others. It's perfect for describing how open-source companies and supporters feel about Microsoft's failure to overturn the European Commission's decision that Microsoft has acted as a monopoly.

"On Sept. 17, the European Court of First Instance denied Microsoft's appeal of the European Commission's findings that Microsoft had abused its dominant position by refusing to make its products interoperable with those of its rivals and by tying Windows Media Player to the Windows operating system. As a result, unless Microsoft appeals to a higher court, the Windows giant must pay a $613 million fine and make some of its Windows Server APIs open to competitors..."

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