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To whom it may concern
As a PC user and Internet content creator, I have been following the Microsoft
anti-trust trial closely. It seems obvious to me that Microsoft is going to lose
this round (and most assuredly try to win on appeal).
I have also been following talks of actions to be taken when Microsoft does lose
this case. I am not pleased!
I will grant that most if not all of the talks I have read have been speculatory,
as the DoJ has not made any public announcements of what resolutions it will seek.
However it is important to note a few things as the DoJ considers such actions:
* Windows is largely considered to be a technically inferior product when compared
to Linux, OS/2, BeOS and several other PC operating systems. A number of Windows
advocates have made claims to this effect, following through of course with reasons
why that should not matter.
* Windows is largely considered to be user un-friendly, as evidenced by websites
such as the Interface Hall of Shame (http://www.iarchitect.com/explore.htm, http://www.iarchitect.com/file95.htm,
* Partially due to Microsoft's anti-competitive actions in the operating system
market and partially due to Microsoft's virtual control of the PC media through
any number of legal and illegal means, alternate operating systems such as IBM's
OS/2 were never given a full chance to realize any significant marketshare, but
OS/2 is still in use and being developed by IBM.
Many of the resolutions I have seen often focus on splitting Microsoft into smaller
companies, each with access to the Windows source code, or forcing Microsoft to
license out the Windows source code to 3rd party developers to create competing
Windows products. This would serve only to keep anything other than Windows from
selling on the consumer and small-to-medium sized business markets, as it would
fail to provide any real chance for OS/2 or the new-to-market BeOS (www.be.com)
to gain marketshare, mindshare, or OEM pre-loads.
Many of my associates, myself included, would prefer a more versatile solution
which allows non-Windows PC operating systems to gain healthy marketshare, applications
development from major ISV's such as Corel, Adobe, Lotus, and Netscape, and support
from hardware developers such as Creative Labs, Lexmark, Epson, Hewlett Packard,
Matrox, and so forth. This seems to be the only viable solution to the Windows monopoly
-- destroy the monopoly status of the OS itself, not of the company. Once so-called
alternative operating systems are allowed breathing room to expand and interest
users (and to gain, say, a minimum of 15% marketshare each), then there will be
a much more competitive market in which users are free to choose not only their
OS supplier, but their OS as well.
I urge the US Department of Justice and state Attorneys General to consider these
facts and to act accordingly. Declaring Windows to be the official operating system
by spreading it amongst more developers will still harm the industry as a whole
as well as harming those of us who wish to operate easier-to-use and technically