Selling Linux to Windows Users

Rashkae ubuntu at
Thu Dec 11 20:52:33 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Kjetil Halvorsen wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 15:59, Derek Broughton <news at>
>> wrote:
>>> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>>>> Derek Broughton wrote:
>>>>> Monopoly _is_ a low-life business act, which is why
>>>>> even the heartl of capitalism, the USA, has laws against it
>>>>> (toothless, true, but laws all the same).
>>>> Actually, it's perfectly legal to have a monopoly,  as long as you
>>>> don't commit ant-competitive acts to acquire or maintain it.
>>> That's splitting hairs of the finest kind, since it's really
>>> _difficult_ to have a monopoly without being anti-competitive.
>> That is not splitting hairs. I prefer (in calculators) a calculator
>> with reverse polish notation (RPN). Those are expensive because only
>> HP makes them. But HP did nothing to monopolize the market,
>> every maker is free to make RPN calculators.  Until they do, I
>> will have to pay HP's heavy price.
> Are you sure they did nothing to monopolize the market?   Microsoft 
> doesn't do anything to prevent competition in their markets, either - 
> they just buy out any company that _is_ providing competition.  In any 
> case, I've _owned_ non-HP RPN calculators, so HP doesn't have a 
> monopoly.

err, by that logic, MS doesn't have a monopoly either.

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