Reuters: States: Microsoft Urged Linux Retaliation
May 14, 2002, 18:52 (16 Talkback[s])
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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Microsoft Corp. executive urged the
company to quietly retaliate against supporters of the rival Linux
operating system in an August 2000 memo that nine states still
suing the software giant want admitted as evidence.
"The nine states seeking stiff antitrust sanctions against
Microsoft late on Monday asked the judge in the case to reconsider
her decision that shielded Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates from the
e-mail message during his testimony last month.
"In the memo, Microsoft senior vice president Joachim Kempin
complained to Gates and other senior executives that computer
chip-maker Intel Corp. was encouraging computer makers to support
Linux and funding development of new devices that would work with
"Kempin said Microsoft should withhold technical information
from Intel and 'work underground' to promote its competitors in the
computer chip industry, according to portions of the memo disclosed
in the states' legal filing..."