Interoperability? Ohhhhh. We thought you said inoperability. Must have been the accent.

Microsoft may have promised a “full and prompt” implementation of antitrust sanctions levied against it by the European Commission, but its actual progress has been anything but. Thursday afternoon, the EC said it felt Microsoft wasn’t complying with the orders issued a year ago in a landmark antitrust ruling against the company. "On the basis of market test results, we have serious doubts that Microsoft is complying with the interoperability remedy," European Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd told the Associated Press. Apparently, the EC suspects Microsoft of not only failing to share technical documents, but  discriminating against open-source software companies by denying them access to the Windows code.   Certainly that’s the opinion of the Free Software Foundation Europe, which complains that Microsoft’s ridiculous proposed licensing terms exclude free software in general and the GNU General Public License in particular. "We do not believe Microsoft is complying with the spirit of the commission’s decision," said Joachim Jakobs, a spokesman.  That’s the understatement of the year, if you ask me. Microsoft has been ordered to make its server protocols freely available. But what it’s done is to offer those protocols under a very expensive and restrictive license, one that very clearly discriminates against open source developers.


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