> with the microsoft case we extropians are on the horns of a
> nasty dilemma. would we prefer bill gates to gain an iron fisted
> control over practically everything that has a keyboard, or
> would we prefer big brother (in the form of the federal
> trade commission) to step in? the comments of those outside
> the u.s. are most welcome, for you too are effected. spike
Well, as someone who uses a PC with no microsoft software at all, I don't think that he'd have much control. :) With no intervention at all, I think that Windows will go the way of MacOS (which has fewer users now than Linux, IIRC). The only reason he got *that* much market share is A) marketing, and B) usability. When Linux can match those, it will quickly overwhelm Windows, since it already has reliability, stable software (mostly), and a fanatical user base.