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Wow. While we’re all predicting things… Those of you who know me know that I have, for some time now, been arguing that there is only one way to ensure that the Microsoft Anti-trust case is settled fairly: the company needs to be forced to open-source Windows. Yes. Windows. It needs to be made freely available to anyone who might want to tinker with it.

For those of you who don’t know anything about open source—and I am by no means an open source evangelist—it amounts to this: MS would make freely available to anyone who wanted it all the super secret programming/code that makes up Windows. Anyone who wanted to tinker with it, potentially improve upon it, and then remarket their own version of Windows would be free to do so. They would have to make their changes to the source available for free as well, though. But so would Microsoft. MS can still produce and sell Windows, but you’re buying a version of Windows when you buy from them. They, potentially, don’t see much of a dent in their sales, and they actually stand to benefit from the open source community (which, however much it’s touted as the best thing since sliced bread, has yet to offer me anything really all that great).

But that’s what’s going to have to happen.

And then, lo and behold, I see this on Appleturns:

according to a CNET article sent to us by faithful viewer chollyhead, the proposed penalty should Microsoft fail to comply with the remedies is the forced open-sourcing of Windows itself. Yowza! As one antitrust lawyer puts it, “It’s inconceivable to me that Microsoft would agree to that unless and until it had lost in the trial court, lost in the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court had denied an appeal, and the sun and the moon were properly aligned.” Well, let’s see, here… Microsoft did lose in trial court, it did lose in the Appeals Court, and the Supreme Court did refuse to hear the case. So, come on, sun and moon!

Yup. That’s right. I feel all psychic and, you know. Stuff.

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Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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