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On Mon, Jul 09, 2001 at 04:39:58AM -0400, Rick Hohensee wrote:

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> A five year window is more than ample for a great innovator, and more than
> Microsoft deserves. Nobody uses five year old Linux, for example, which

sure they do. often in situations where no upgrade has been necessary
and the server in question has worked without issues for years.

> constrained, assuming timely compliance by Microsoft. The government would
> maintain the initial distribution site for the surrendered software,
> verify that the surrendered sourcecode builds the products exactly as they
> were sold, and verify that surrendered software reflects the entirety of
> the operating system products as sold five years earlier.

and precisely whose taxes are going to pay for this? "NOT MINE!", i
hear you say. i can't see any american government doing something that
could potentially benefit people in other countries, at no cost to those
others... warm+fuzzy feelings just don't cut it in politics.


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