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17 April 2007


hugh macleod

Point taken. Hey, I'm new at this and trying to find my feet. Just like I was with both English Cut and Stormhoek. People forget the early flak I took on those two in the early days...

Michael Tiemann

I think the issue is more fundamental. Customers want choice, and choice is the enemy of monopoly. Power is a terribly corrupting influence, and I believe that monopoly power explains why none of Microsoft's messaging/marketing is fooling anybody any more. Microsoft is unwilling to relinquish monopoly power, and monopoly is the enemy of choice. The question that the courts seem willing to let the markets decide is whether markets can free themselves of monopoly power without court intervention. It is noble to believe they can, but it may also be naive when considering first the tremendous and unprecedented power that monopoly represents today, and second the fact that increased market and trade liberalization has only widened, not narrowed, the gap between rich and poor.

Sam Ramji

@Michael - point well taken, although you didn't state the the DOJ and EC have already made significant interventions.

However there are other issues here as well, including perpetuation of historical attitudes of Microsoft and of the industry's reaction. There is an article written by a cartoonist not employed by us, and not reflecting the official Microsoft strategy on Open Source - which comes from Bill Hilf - yet the blogosphere's reaction is as if it came from the horse's mouth. Not a surprise, but it is part of the issue.

Attitudes are slow to change - not just at Microsoft, but everywhere, and that includes how occurrences like this are reflected.

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