Protect the future of computing technology.
Last updated 5 April 2000
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Microsoft ordered to split into two companies
"Viewed together, three main facts indicate that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power. First, Microsoft's share of the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems is extremely large and stable. Second, Microsoft's dominant market share is protected by a high barrier to entry. Third, and largely as a result of that barrier, Microsoft's customers lack a commercially viable alternative to Windows."
"The ultimate result is that some innovations that would truly benefit consumers never occur for the sole reason that they do not coincide with Microsoft's self-interest."
-- from Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's Findings of Fact (United States of America v. Microsoft Corporation, C.A. 98-1232; State of New York, ex rel. Eliot Spitzer, et al., v. Microsoft Corporation, C.A. 98-1233), November 5, 1999.
I believe that Microsoft Corporation represents a serious threat to the future development of computing technology, and perhaps to society at large. While anti-Microsoft sentiment is widespread, that there are many important issues which are unrelated to the Department of Justice lawsuit. As Computer Scientists and computer professionals, that we have a duty to support alternatives to Microsoft technology, to ensure the continued openness of Computer Science research and teaching, as well as the growth of the Internet and related technologies.
We must boycott Microsoft to prevent any single corporation from dictating the role of computer technology in education, research, and commerce.
We have all seen examples of how Microsoft has worked towards gaining a monopoly on computing technology in everything ranging from our desktop PCs to the largest database servers, to the protocols used on the Internet to the software which runs in our hand-held Personal Digital Assistants --- and even our automobiles and microwave ovens. I believe that the pervasive nature of Microsoft's technology is inherently dangerous in that it does not leave room for alternatives or improvements; rather, it constrains the ways in which we use, build upon, and think about computing technology at all levels.
To this end I personally boycott Microsoft and all related technology in my personal and professional computer usage. This site is devoted to outlining the issues surrounding the impending Microsoft monopoly and what you can do about it.
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20 September 1999: Linux Journal is carrying this article talking about Microsoft's push to get universities to adopt an all-Windows computing platform. Students, professors, and university IT admins all decry the move, but is that stopping them?
31 March 1999: This site has been featured in an interview with yours truly in the LA Weekly, talking about why Computer Scientists should embrace open technologies. Here is a link to the article.
10 February 1999: The Boycott Microsoft site is now hosted at http://www.boycott-ms.org, by the kind folks over at VA Research. This site is part of the Open Projects Network which supports web presence for projects which involve opening access to technology or information. Many thanks to VA Research and the OPN for supporting this site.
21 January 1999: Qui è una traduzione in Italiano da Igor Pesando, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Here is a translation into Italian by Igor Pesando, email@example.com.)
18 January 1999: Deutsche Übersetzungen von Gefahren der Microsoft Technologie und Warum sollte man Microsoft boykottieren? wurden von Martin Herweg (firstname.lastname@example.org) zur Verfügung gestellt. (Translations in German of Dangers of Microsoft Technology and Why Boycott? have been make available by Martin Herweg, email@example.com.)
17 December 1998: Added the quick summary page.
10 December 1998: Added a page on Open Source Software.
4 December 1998: Added pages on Why Boycott Microsoft? and Alternatives to Microsoft Technology. As you can see, I'm still building this site up.
3 December 1998: The first version of these pages have been written and are being made available to the public.
Copyright (c) 1998 by Matt Welsh, firstname.lastname@example.org. All rights reserved.
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