Summary: Novell’s lawyers still pursue justice in the case against Microsoft, which used illegal tactics to derail Novell and prevent people from using anything but Microsoft
MICROSOFT’S history with Novell is a subject that we mostly covered in 2006 and in 2007. We used antitrust exhibits to support our allegations with evidence that had not been publicly viewed before and some of it got organised in our wiki. This post is not about to repeat what we already covered as it would be rather wasteful. Instead we shall look at the latest news.
“Novell is a shadow of its former self,” explains this item of news which looks back at the 1995 era and says:
Who were the big companies back in the 1995 era Internet? Sun, Cisco and Novell come to mind. Sun is now part of Oracle, Novell is a shadow of its former self, and Cisco has acquired 75 companies since then, or so it seems.
“Novell takes Microsoft to court in dispute over Windows 95,” says a British news site about the latest from the Novell-Microsoft antitrust case:
Novell is to begin antitrust proceedings against Microsoft today in the hope of finally settling a long-running dispute involving Windows 95, with Microsoft founder Bill Gates expected to make an appearance as a witness.
Novell alleges that Microsoft deliberately delayed releasing Windows 95 in order to harm Novell’s WordPerfect application software business in the mid-1990s and to crush competition in the office applications market.
The press in the United States covered this too:
Long-running Novell, Microsoft antitrust case going to trial in federal court
Two high-tech heavyweights will go to battle in federal court Monday in an attempt to settle a long-running dispute, and Bill Gates could make an appearance as a witness.
Novell Inc. sued Microsoft Corp., accusing the computer giant of violating U.S. antitrust laws, primarily through its arrangements with other computer makers. Since the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City in 2004, a judge has dismissed five of Novell’s six original claims.
Bill Gates may now be spending well over a million dollars per day on just PR (not donations but buying positive coverage alone); however his past crimes are known to many. His present greed is a subject we’ll return to covering quite soon. This greed helps feed some patent trolls and lobbyists, not just harmful companies that raid society. █