Executive Interview: Rusty Harris, CEO of MontaVista

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| At this point, MontaVista Founder, CTO, and former CEO Jim Ready -- arguably
| the one individual most responsible for establishing the embedded OS and
| tools market in the late 80s -- chirped in. "What we find is that the smarter
| the device that uses embedded Linux, the more MontaVista Linux has to offer,"
| he said.


Opera: Jon S. von Tetzchner

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| 1) What would it take for you to release Opera as open source? I know you've
| already said in the past that open-sourcing would not bring any benefit to
| you, so I'm just checking whether there's been any change on that front. –
| I'm sure it would make all the Linux and BSD users happy.
| The real question is why, and is it really important. In our world view what
| is important is open standards. If you have a choice between open standards
| and open source, our choice would always be open standards.



Opera: Browser market is broken—thanks to Microsoft

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| With recent news about Internet Explorer 8's imminent beta, Microsoft's long
| and checkered history with web standards compliance has been hurled back into
| the harsh, unflattering spotlight. Even though IE8 will have a new "standards
| compliant" mode, it won't be perfect, stirring up a new wave of grumbling
| about Microsoft's attitude and position in the browser market. * *


Opera CTO: How to fix Microsoft's browser issues

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| Embrace the standards, nicely, or get out of browsers
| If there was a functioning market for web browsers and operating systems, the
| past few weeks would have seen two announcements from Microsoft. After a
| firestorm of criticism from the web design community about Internet Explorer
| 8's misguided mode switching proposal, Redmond would have publicly backed
| down. Second, Microsoft would have bowed to 90,000 users demanding that
| Windows XP continue to be sold.
| There were no such announcements. Why? Because Microsoft, with its dominating
| position in the web browser and operating system markets, acts like a
| monopoly.
| A monopoly doesn't have to consider its customers' wants or needs. In a
| functioning market, vendors must consider such things in order to compete
| successfully. But the market isn't functioning.
| Microsoft's failure to respond to its customers' outcry shows that it is time
| to call on established antitrust laws that allow governments to impose
| sanctions on a vendor that has a dominant position in a market. The purpose
| of these sanctions is to ensure competition and innovation and thereby create
| a market in which consumers are heard.
| Recently, the European Commission opened several investigations into
| Microsoft's dominant position. As a regulatory body, they could decide to
| impose sanctions and while Microsoft might ignore their frustrated customers,
| they would have a harder time ignoring the European Commission.


Microsoft ruling may not bolster Europe's new case, warns lawyer

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| The new investigation into Microsoft will look into whether it is legal for a
| company with its market dominance to include web browser Internet Explorer
| with its Windows operating system. It will also look at whether the operating
| system allows for enough interoperability with other companies' software. *


EU round two: Commission probing Microsoft conduct on new issues

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| ...I doubt Microsoft's legal team is surprised by this. After the September
| ruling on the first EC case, I asked Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
| whether any additional features of Windows could fall under the same scrutiny
| that Windows Media Player received. Smith said: *
| "I think that it's fair to say that features that the commission regards as
| being present in competing applications may be subject to the kind of
| scrutiny the media player was put under. We basically went through that kind
| of process already for Windows Vista. For example, there was a lot of
| scrutiny on the desktop search feature, on the encryption feature, on the
| various security features in general, on the new file format for portable
| documents and that's probably a fairly indicative list of the kinds of
| features that one would predict they'd focus on in the future..." * * *


Interview with ECIS's Thomas Vinje Regarding Opera's Complaint

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| So that is one of the issues Opera is bringing to the EU Commission, that
| consumers are being held back by Microsoft's long history of extending
| standards with proprietary alterations/additions/tweaks and refusing or
| neglecting to support web standards. Mr. Vinje also speaks about Silverlight
| and I really hope the EU Commission looks into what bundling Silverlight
| could do to the Internet. * *
| The other issue Opera is raising, of course, is bundling, which is what makes
| it possible for a monopoly to ignore standards others would like them to use.
| While it's unknown if the EU Commission will care about standards as an
| antitrust issue, the bundling issue is very much more straightforward, as Mr.
| Vinje explains... * *