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[ale] M$ refund

That hardly seems accurate.

I'm pretty sure if Dell suddenly announced "we're not selling M$ any
more due to their anti-competitive practices" they'd be out of business
in short order.   Part of earlier complaints against M$ was that they
gave you a take or leave it agreement because they knew you couldn't
stay in business without them.   We'd all love to think that a vendor
selling nothing but Linux systems would sell them like hotcakes but that
isn't the way it is now.   Linux is making inroads against MicroSloth
but hasn't won the battle yet.

-----Original Message-----
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Jim
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 9:24 AM
To: ale at ale.org
Subject: Re: [ale] M$ refund

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 09:10, Jeff Lightner <jlightner at water.com> wrote:
> Maybe a Justice department not run by a W appointee will look into
> resuming the anti-trust case Ashcroft let die.

Don't hold your breath. ;-)

> Agreements that say what a vendor can sell when NOT selling your
> sure sound anti-competitive (monopolistic) to me.

Possibly, but why did the vendor sign the contract with the product
producer (also a vendor)?   What you've hit on is the greed of the
middle man. ;-)

-Jim P.
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