[Wolves] MS tightens the screw

Kevanf1 kevanf1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 22:39:22 BST 2006

On 05/04/06, Peter Cannon <peter at cannon-linux.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi All
> Interesting article about how Microsoft does not want anyone to sell a
> PC without an operating system (specifically a Microsoft OS).
> http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39261437,00.htm
> ---<Quote>---
> "We want to urge all system builders - indeed, all Partners - not to supply
> naked PCs. It is a risk to your customers and a risk to your business - with
> specifically 5 percent fewer opportunities to market software and services,"
> wrote Alexander.
> ---<End Quote>---
> How on earth would it be a 'risk to your customers'?? That can be read two
> ways;
> 1. The seller:
> Won't have any customers after MS has destroyed your outlet.
> 2. The customer:
> We will somehow block your Internet access or failing that come round and beat
> you up.
> I am of the opinion we should all wait and see but then again we did that with
> Czechoslovakia and Poland and look what happened?
> --

This must surely break some law somewhere?  Or a trade agreement or
something similar?  It just is not right.  How can a monopolistic
company get away with this sort of overt coercion?
I am only human, please forgive me if I make a mistake it is not deliberate.
Xmas may be over but,  PLEASE DON'T drink and drive you'll make it to
the next one that way.

Kevan Farmer

Linux user #373362

Cheslyn Hay

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