I just finished reading an article from the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS). Many thanks to Glyn Moody’s Open Blog for giving me the link to a document that details a history of Microsoft’s actions to compete with its rivals.

http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf

I have been using computers since 1974, so I am no novice, nor am I unaware of the impact of Microsoft in the field. Nonetheless, I am still attempting to deal with my reactions to the concise set of examples of how Microsoft has traditionally competed with the likes of Netscape, Novell, IBM, Apple…and recently Linux.

One man’s monopoly is another man’s bankruptcy, I guess. I am pulling for the success of FOSS in schools and out.

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