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Friday, September 7, 2001

DoJ Decision: Good for Linux

Dennis Powell at Linux Today claims that yesterday's decision by the Department of Justice not to break up Microsoft is good for Linux. He lists several reasons why, although the most compelling is this one. One of the DoJ's provisions under consideration is:
Requiring Microsoft to make its APIs available to competitors. This could well include its application file formats.
This could change everything. Can you imagine what would happen if they had to publish their API and especially the Word file format? WINE and every Linux Office suite would instantly improve. Let's hope this comes to pass.

J.t.Qbe comments: I've spent the last day trying to figure this out. The DoJ isn't caving in, so what are they after? According to NPR last night, they want to get on with remedies instead of having them held up in appeals. I hope they get some good remedies and soon.

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