Microsoft Loses Anti-Trust Case.

September 17, 2007 at 9:57 pm (Uncategorized)

A drop in the bucket.

That’s how I would describe the final verdict against Microsoft in the European Union appeal court’s battle against the software giant. They upheld the record 497 million euro ($689.9 million) fine. Big deal. This is small change to Microsoft. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes was qouted in Rueters as saying that “this ruling should lead to a ‘significant drop’ in Microsoft’s 95 percent market share.” Why, I ask? $700 million is NOTHING. Their lawyer says that it will change how Microsoft market their product. I don’t believe this for a second. Microsoft has been doing everything they can to slowly strangle the open source movement, through Novell. They have said open source violates their patents (Microsoft complaining about piracy? Did Bill forget how he built his business?), and attempting to sully the name of the “Open Source Initiative”. They intend to stay the dominate OS, and this little setback won’t stop them.

The Alternative

Ubuntu linux is a great operating system, that in my experience works better than windows. To learn more about Ubuntu, click here. I installed Ubuntu on my desktop, plugged in a printer and it WORKED. No disk, no hassle, it just worked. In fact, everything worked. Every single piece of hardware, including a USB wireless-g WiFi adapter (linksys). No installing drivers, no problems. No, I don’t work at Ubuntu, I just really like it. If Microsoft’s operating system monopoly is to be broken, it will be by educating people about linux, not through fines.

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