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Sun Microsystems chairman Scott McNealy said Wednesday thatJudge Thomas Penfield Jackson should slap four restrictions
on Microsoft--and that the Justice Department should break
up the company if it doesn't abide by them.
McNealy, historically a harsh critic of Microsoft, said in a
press conference at Comdex/Fall in Las Vegas that Microsoft
should be forced to open its application programming
interfaces in a provision similar to the historic Consent
Decree in the antitrust ruling against IBM. "That allowed us
to have the most competitive computer industry in the
world," he said. "And it's one reason why countries [with
one dominant vendor] like Italy, France, and South Korea
He also urged that Microsoft be forced to practice
nondiscriminatory pricing and be forbidden from
"exclusionary agreements" that threaten customers who use
competitors' products. Finally, McNealy said Microsoft
should be prohibited from using its operating systems
revenue to fund investments and acquisitions in other
markets such as broadcast, telecom, media content, and
wireless. "Let's not confuse R & D with M & A," he said.
Despite his suggestions, McNealy predicted Microsoft will be
broken up. "I'd bet that Microsoft will not agree to these
kinds of restrictions. And if they don't, get the chain saw
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