Re: Working Within the System

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Sat Apr 29 2000 - 12:48:20 MDT

On Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 09:11:48AM +0000, E. Shaun Russell wrote:
> While watching the news of the forced split of Microsoft last night, I was
> again witness to the admirable but infuriating assertion by Bill Gates that
> he was confident that "...justice would be served in the end."
> Unfortunately, I don't believe it. What I can't understand is why such
> driven, high profile and all-around successful people choose to work within
> a system which frequently works against them. MS has done far more for the
> government (and indeed, the public as a whole) than the government has done
> for them.
> As one who deeply respects Gates and Microsoft, I want MS to resume as it
> has for the last decade: innovative, growing and successful; working within
> a system which has none of those facets makes it hard for me to see how it
> can be done.

I strongly advise you to read Judge Jackson's original Findings of Fact
in the Microsoft case, at:

Microsoft's practices have sought to establish and maintain a monopoly
in the operating system field. They have then used the leverage this has
given them to establish strongholds in other areas. In all of these,
they have ignored standards compliance, acted uncompetetively to the
point of illegality and in general been directly in the way of free and
open control of technological development - something I know people on
this list support.


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