Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

High-powered business coalition backs EU commission against Microsoft

Filed under
Microsoft
Legal

A five-member coalition of high-tech heavyweights, including IBM, Oracle and Nokia, has thrown its weight behind the European Commission in its anti-trust court battle with US software giant Microsoft, the group's lawyer said.

The coalition, which was formed in the early 1990s and is called the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS), asked the European Court of Justice to allow it to intervene on the commission's side in a competition case expected to be heard in 2006, attorney Thomas Vinje said.

He added that the court had yet to respond to the group's request but could do so over the next several months. Red Hat and Real Networks are also members of the ECIS coalition.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, in March 2004 ruled that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position in the European Union and ordered it to pay a fine of 497 million euros (641 million dollars).

It also demanded that Microsoft market its Windows operating system without its audiovisual software Media Player and ruled that it must in addition make available information that producers of competing software need to enable them to operate with Windows.

Microsoft has appealed against the merits of the commission's March 2004 decision but has not legally challenged the sanctions imposed.

Source.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat Financial News

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Unreal Engine 4.16 Enters Public Preview State
    Epic Games on Friday released the first public preview of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.16. There are many changes to find with Unreal Engine 4.16 while some of the highlights include volumetric fog support, a new clothing solver, optimized distance field lighting, garbage collection improvements, and more.
  • Unreal Engine 4.16 Preview
    A Preview of the upcoming 4.16 release is available now on the Launcher and Github. We have made this Preview available so that our developer-community can help us catch issues before the final release. As fixes are implemented, we will release updated previews throughout the development cycle. Please be aware that the preview releases are not fully quality tested, that they are still under heavy active development, and that they should be considered as unstable until the final release. Developers should not convert their projects for active development on preview releases. Please test on copies of your project instead.
  • Watch this highlight reel of iAlwaysSin's Alien Isolation livestreams!
    Last Thursday the newest member of the GOL Livestream Team, iAlwaysSin, completed her live playthrough of the extremely scary Alien Isolation. And, to commemorate this achievement (and all the deaths that occurred in the process) I decided to download and edit all the VODs together into a nice highlight reel. With my sarcastic remarks, of course.

Kernel and Graphics in Linux

Manjaro Linux: Reliable and Up to Date, Geekdom Optional

Regular readers can pretty much ignore this one. We’ll be back to cartoons, O’s baseball and the usual inanity soon, tomorrow in fact. I just wanted to revisit my dedication to Linux, prompted by a recent mixed bag of experiences that left me feeling even more positive about a relative newcomer to the distro scene: Manjaro. It all started a few days ago, when I decided to finally try to update the eight remaining Linux installs on my main desktop PC. I’ve been using Linux Mint (18.1 Cinnamon) as my daily driver for several months, originally in an attempt to keep my bandwidth usage to a reasonable level, and then due to inertia/lack of issues. I could have gone with my trusty Debian stable install, my go-to for years up till then, but I guess I was just getting bored. Read more