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The US government claims that Microsoft has a monopoly. They have gone through great expense to convict them of this, and are still bickering about what the remedies should be (I predict they will accomplish nothing).

A simple solution I saw suggested on the web (I have forgotten the source) suggested that if the government really doesn't want Microsoft to be a monopoly all they have to do is stop buying software from them (since the US government is a major purchaser of Microsoft software).

If the US government obtained their software elsewhere then by definition Microsoft would no longer be a monopoly.

I would go a step further and suggest that all governments should only use open source software (since it is foolhardy to trust close source software when national security is at stake). If even a fraction of the current governmentsoftware bugdet was spent on funding open source software everyone (with the exception of Microsoft) would benefit.
Topic revision: r1 - 20 Mar 2002, KevinSeghetti;
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