Red Hat’s Szulik comments on EU vs. Microsoft

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| Red Hat dropped me a note this morning in response to the European’s
| Commission’s smack down of Microsoft. I don’t know if Red Hat CEO Matthew
| Szulik was toasting champagne while he fired off this response, but it would
| have totally made sense if he was.

Red Hat Advocates True Interoperability and Competition

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| "Microsoft continues to deny open source providers access to and use of the
| interoperability information that now clearly must be provided. Red Hat
| strongly encourages the Commission to take the steps required to assure rapid
| implementation of a remedy that gives broad and equitable access to Microsoft
| interoperability information to all competitors, including open source
| providers. Red Hat firmly believes that competition, not questionable patent
| and trade secret claims, drives innovation and creates greater consumer
| value," said Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
| at Red Hat.


Microsoft Must Share Code With Rivals

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| Microsoft lost its appeal of a European antitrust order Monday that obliges
| the technology giant to share communications code with rivals...

Halloween Memo I Confirmed and Microsoft's History on Standards

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| ¬*By the way, if you are by any chance trying to figure out Microsoft's policy
| ¬*toward standards, particularly in the context of ODF-EOXML, that same
| ¬*Microsoft page is revelatory, Microsoft's answer to what the memo meant when
| ¬*it said that Microsoft could extend standard protocols so as to deny
| ¬*Linux "entry into the market": ¬* ¬*
| ¬* ¬*Q: The first document talked about extending standard protocols as a way
| ¬* ¬*to "deny OSS projects entry into the market." What does this mean?
| ¬* ¬*A: To better serve customers, Microsoft needs to innovate above standard
| ¬* ¬*protocols. By innovating above the base protocol, we are able to deliver
| ¬* ¬*advanced functionality to users. An example of this is adding
| ¬* ¬*transactional support for DTC over HTTP. This would be a value-add and
| ¬* ¬*would in no way break the standard or undermine the concept of standards,
| ¬* ¬*of which Microsoft is a significant supporter. Yet it would allow us to
| ¬* ¬*solve a class of problems in value chain integration for our Web-based
| ¬* ¬*customers that are not solved by any public standard today. Microsoft
| ¬* ¬*recognizes that customers are not served by implementations that are
| ¬* ¬*different without adding value; we therefore support standards as the
| ¬* ¬*foundation on which further innovation can be based. ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬*