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*[[SCP Microsoft 86-dos license agreement]] (Exhibit PX00001)
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[[Category:Comes v Microsoft]]
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*[[Not letting the big manufacturers off the per system hook]] (Exhibit PX00023)
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[[Category:Antitrust]]
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*[[Resistance from WIN customers]] (Exhibit PX00026)
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[[Category:Microsoft]]
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*[[Have Bambi refuse to run on this alien OS]] (Exhibit PLEX_0981)
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[[Category:DOS]]
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*[[Non-tested DOS warning code]] (Exhibit PX00963)
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This index deals with [[Comes vs Microsoft]] court exhibits which offer a glance at the history of Microsoft abuse. For a concise summary of some of the exhibits, see "[[Petition text - overview]]".
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*[[Microsoft on feeding press with DR-DOS bugs]] (Exhibit PX00964)
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*[[Make sure DR-DOS has problems]] (Exhibit PX00978)
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*[[Display alien Dos message function]] (Exhibits PX07693, PX00979)
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*[[Purpose of the AARD code]] (Exhibit TP011207)
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*[[Those rabid DR-dogs]] (Exhibit PX09557)
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*[[Problems with rom-DRDOS 6.0 and win]] (Exhibit PX09840)
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*[[Microsoft on attacking the counterfeiting of MS-DOS ..]] (Exhibit PX09834)
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== MS on feeding press with DR-DOS bugs ==
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From brade Fri Sep 20 17:31:57 1991
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Cc: bradc; braddir; dosmktg; lizsi; w-carrin; w-maria
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Subject: PC Week and DR DOS
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Date: Fri Sep 20 17:32:48 PDT 1991
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: Carrine's great work got us the opportunity to feed pc week some info on where to look for bugs with dr dos. I have had a couple of conversations with lenny bailes who is helping with the ms-dos 5 versus dr-dos 5 evaluation process.
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: Today tom and i talked to him. on the negative side i probably brought up one two many things for him to look at. it is difficult to appropriately and professionally try and trash your competitor. also on the negative side, lenny clearly seems to be a dr dos fan. to be fair i think he is sincere and is trying to be balanced.
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: also on the negative side he did tells us that under 1 meg dr dos 6 was better than ms-dos 5 on 7 out of 10 machines they tested. no real details but i think the differences will be small.
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: on the positive side they did themselves find some of the setup problems (such as poor updating to config.sys) and he has passed on to the pc weeks labs some of these configurations we suggested they look at that we uncovered with dr dos 5. he was also intrigued by some of the data from yesterday's dr-dos 6 test, in particular tom's problems when he entered a ton of nested directory names.
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/0000/PX00964.pdf
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== make sure DR-DOS has problems ==
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>From bradsi Fri Sep 91 10:01:22 PDT
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To bradc; jimail; johnlu; mikemur; paulma; russs; steveb; tonya
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Subject: dri/novell/ibm
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: drdos has problems running windows today. And I assume will have more problems in the future.
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To: bradsi
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Subject: RE: dri/novell/ibm
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Date Fri Sep 27 18:26:52 PDT 1991
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You should make sure it has problems in the future :)
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jim
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>From bradc Fri Sep 27 18:35:22 1991
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To: bradsi
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Subject: FW: FYI - Windows message
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Date Fri Sep 27 18:36:31 PDT 1991
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I asked to have this forwarded to me.
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: Two cents from richf and I;
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: 1) The check for dr dos better be perfect, otherwize you could be in a heep of  trouble ..
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: 4) The PC-DOS statement is problematic if ibm calls dr dos pc dos 6 so we think  that we have to not state ms-dos or pc-dos directly
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: we can get the message out that they don't work with windows without seeming so  manipulative. We need to say the right thing so that people get the right  message - we are helping users by giving them info that windows is only tested on ms-dos.
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/0000/PX00978.pdf
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== display alien Dos message function ==
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: if(!Verify_DOS() '''DisplayAlienDosMessage()''';
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: near '''DisplayAlienDosMessage'''(void)
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: print(9,TAB,"WARNING: Microsoft QuickPascal has been tested for use");
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: print(lO,TAB,"only with the MS-DOS and PC-DOS operating systems.");
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: print(12,TAB,"'''Your use of this product with another operating system'''");
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: print(13,TAB,"'''may void valuable warranty protection provided by");
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: print(14,TAB,"'''Microsoft''' on QuickPascal.");
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: print(16,TAB,"...Press any key to continue");
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: }
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== feel uncomfortable using DR-DOS ==
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To: davidcol
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Subject: RE: message
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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 92 08:51:10 PST
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: what the guy is supposed to do is feel uncomfortable, and when he has bugs, suspect that the problem is dr-dos and then go out and buy ms-dos, or decide not to take the risk for the other machines he has to buy for in the office.
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From bradsi; Mon Feb 10 10:50:05 1992
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Subject: Re: the message
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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 92 10:50:05 PST
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: i am saying that we should either:
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: b) put a kind gentle message in setup. like an incompatible tsr message, but not everytime the user starts windows .. the most sensible thing from a development standpoint is to continue to build dependencies on msdos into windows.
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From: darbyw
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Subject: FW: DOS Practices
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Date: Wednedsday, September 01, 1993 8:55 AM
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: Thanks,Brad, I don't think this addresses the issue of our encrypting the code .. how do I explain that. I've got everything else programmed in my response.
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From: bradsi
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: .. we do not test on other systems nor can we verify the stability of windows running on anything other than msdos ..
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/7000/PX07693.pdf
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:'You never sent me a response on what things an app would do that would make it run with MS-DOS and not run with DR-DOS'
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: "the approach that ralph and I have discussed is to use a vxd to 'extend' dos by patching it .. We would not patch unknown OSs"
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/0000/PX00979.pdf
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/05/how_ms_played_the_incompatibility/
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== purpose of the AARD code ==
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January 12 2007
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RONALD ALEPIN, recalled as a witness, having been previously duly sworn, testified as follows:
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REDIRECT EXAMINATION (CONT'D)
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Q. When we broke yesterday we were discussing the AARD code. And yesterday morning Mr. Holley asked you if there was a malfunction in the AARD code. Do you recall that question?
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A. I recall a question concerning malfunctioning and the AARD code.
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Q. And your response was no, there was no malfunction; right?
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A. That's correct.
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Q. And you testified that there wasn't a real error. It was a false error; right?
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Q. Okay. By false error, do you mean that it was not true?
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A. Yes.
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Q. Now, have you seen evidence in the record that leads you to believe that Microsoft knew that the AARD code was not a true error?
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A. Yes.
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Q. What did you see?
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A. Well, there is a discussion of -- in the record concerning what the purpose was for the code. It was to detect a non-Microsoft operating system, and that in and of itself is -- was not an error. And the purpose for installing the code was not to detect errors, but to detect a different operating system ...
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/TP011207.txt
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== explanation for the AARD Code ..
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From aaronr Mon Aug 2 11:35:34 1993
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X-MSMail-Message-ID: 15DF233B
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X-MSMail-Conversation: 15DF233B
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X-MSMail-WiseRemark: Microsoft Mail - 3.0.729
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From Aaron Reynolds <aaronr@microsoft.com>
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To: bradsi
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Date: Mon, 2 Aug 93 11:32:50 PDT
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Subject: AARD drivel
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: Microsoft does not test windows on anything other than Microsoft's MS-DOS .. In order to be fair and up front with our windows users it might be a good idea to disclose to them in a timely fashion, before they might encounter some possibly data corrupting problem, that they were running the windows product on a non-Microsoft MS-DOS on which Microsoft had not done any testing
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: Mr. Schulman goes on at length about how this code is "obfuscated and encrypted" and that this is somehow an indicating of malicious intent .. That is likely to be targeted by the "work a likes", which defeats the code's purpose to disclose to the user that windows is being run on a DOS that Microsoft has not tested on
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: All we were interested in doing was disclosing to users in a timely fashion that they were running the windows 3.10 product on something on which Microsoft had not done any testing
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/4000/PX04372_B.pdf
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/0000/PX00969.pdf
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/05/how_ms_played_the_incompatibility/
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: You never sent me a response on the question of what things an app [application] would do that would make it run with MSDOS and not run with DR-DOS," BG circa 1989 ..
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http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-225129.html
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From: tomle Fri Sep 28 06:40:31 1990
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Subject: What would you be doing now
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If you were one of those those rabid DR-dogsin the UK what would you be
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doing about now. .. If I were DR development, I would be hard at work on
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a release 5.1 that would match everything we have in Dos 5.0 plus .. Our
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/9000/PX09557.pdf
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From: bradsi Sun Jan 12 16:04:17 1992
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Subject: Re: FW: problems with rom-DRDOS 6.0 and win
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ok, post a nice SOL msg. bottom line is that he needs msdos- something
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/9000/PX09840.pdf
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From: Jeff Alder
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BENEFITS
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A competitive defense against DR_DOS provided by 2-3 year license agreements
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== Exclusion ==
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* [[SCP Microsoft 86-dos license agreement]] (Exhibit PX00001)
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* [[Not letting the big manufacturers off the per system hook]] (Exhibit PX00023)
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* [[Resistance from WIN customers]] (Exhibit PX00026)
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== Testing/Sabotage ==
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* [[Have Bambi refuse to run on this alien OS]] (Exhibit PLEX_0981)
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* [http://boycottnovell.com/2009/07/22/bambi-alien-os/ Microsoft, “Bambi”, and the “Alien OS” Riddle] (Exhibit PX_9923 and Exhibit PX00993)
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* [[Non-tested DOS warning code]] (Exhibit PX00963)
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* [[Non-tested DOS warning code - 2]] (Exhibit PX00109)
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* [[Make sure DR-DOS has problems]] (Exhibit PX00978)
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* [[Display alien Dos message function]] (Exhibits PX07693, PX00979)
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* [[Purpose of the AARD code]] (Exhibit TP011207)
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* [[Problems with rom-DRDOS 6.0 and win]] (Exhibit PX09840)
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* [[tonyka tests DR-DOS 6.0 ]] (Exhibits PX00963 and PX00964)
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* [[Allchin: make sure DR-DOS has problems in the future]] (Exhibit PX00978)
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* [[Unplanned leaks]] (Exhibits PX02387_A and PX00109)
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* [[Microsoft on feeding press with DR-DOS bugs]] (Exhibit PX00964)
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* [[FUD as an official business tactic in 1990, to combat DR-DOS]] (Exhibit PX00425)
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* [[Those rabid DR-dogs]] (Exhibit PX09557)
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* [[The DOS gold mine is shrinking]] (Exhibit PX05042)
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* [[Microsoft on attacking the counterfeiting of MS-DOS ..]] (Exhibit PX09834)
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* [[Why Amstrad dropped DR-DOS]] (Exhibit PX_9923)
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* [[Safely passing the Doubledisk source]] (Exhibit PX04253_A)
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* Helping Sears rewrite DR-DOS contract (See: http://boycottnovell.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/px04602.pdf ; Analysis and text: http://boycottnovell.com/2007/08/04/technical-sabotage-to-political-games/ )
REMARK - D.M.:  
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''"You never sent me a response on the question of what things an [application] would do that would make it run with MS-DOS and not run with DR-DOS," Bill Gates wrote in 1988. His earlier email? "I am not looking for something they cant get around. I am looking for something their current binary fails on."''
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"You never sent me a response on the question of what things an [application] would do that would make it run with MS-DOS and not run with DR-DOS," Bill Gates wrote in 1988. His earlier email? "I am not looking for something they cant get around. I am looking for something their current binary fails on."
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/03/more_gates_smoking_emails_support/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/03/more_gates_smoking_emails_support/

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This index deals with Comes vs Microsoft court exhibits which offer a glance at the history of Microsoft abuse. For a concise summary of some of the exhibits, see "Petition text - overview".

Contents

Exclusion

Testing/Sabotage

FUD

Attack Plans

REMARK - D.M.:

"You never sent me a response on the question of what things an [application] would do that would make it run with MS-DOS and not run with DR-DOS," Bill Gates wrote in 1988. His earlier email? "I am not looking for something they cant get around. I am looking for something their current binary fails on."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/03/more_gates_smoking_emails_support/

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