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==    comes: SCP Microsoft 86-dos license agreement .. ==
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[[Category:Comes v Microsoft]]
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[[Category:Antitrust]]
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[[Category:Microsoft]]
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[[Category:DOS]]
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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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This license agreement is made and entered into this 6th day of January,
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* [[SCP Microsoft 86-dos license agreement]] (Exhibit PX00001)
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1981, by and between SEATTLE COMPUTER PRODUCTS INC, a Washington
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* [[Not letting the big manufacturers off the per system hook]] (Exhibit PX00023)
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Corporation (hereinafter referred to as SCP), and MICROSOFT, a
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* [[Resistance from WIN customers]] (Exhibit PX00026)
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Washington general partnership (hereinafter referred to as MS)
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WHEREAS, MS desires to obtain non-exclusive rights to market the product
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1. PRODUCT
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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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The product is a single-user disk operating system with utilities for
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the 8086 microprocessor which has the name "86-DOS" ..
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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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(a) 86-DOS OBJECT CODE TO END USERS: This License Agreement conveys to
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MS the right to distribute 86-DOS in object code form only to an
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(b) 86-DOS OBJECT CODE TO OEMS (NO PER COPY ROYALTY) .. a royalty of $10,000
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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/ )
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(c) 86-DOS OBJECT CODE TO OEMS (WITH PER COPY ROYALTY) .. an initial fee
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REMARK - D.M.:
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of $1,000 plus a royalty of $25 for each copy of 86-DOS licensed ..
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(d) 86-DOS OBJECT SOURCE CODE .. a royalty of $5,000
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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/
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3. PAYMENT:
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MS will pay SCP $10,000 upon signing of this agreement Payment of the
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initial fee described in Paragaph 2(c), above and royalties called for
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under this Agreement shall be due within 45 days of the date MS invoices
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their customer for the product for which the initial fee or royalty is
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(c) Nothing in this License Agreement shall require MS to identify its
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http://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/0000/PX00001.pdf
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COLA COMMENTS:
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> Was that a DOS microsoft bought out and buried? Cos I thought MSDOS was based on QDOS which was a ripoff of CP/M?
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86-DOS was a renamed QDOS and yes it was a 'ripoff' of CP/M although not
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From jaramybu Wed Jun 22 13:55:35 1988
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Revenue for our divisions is not the main issue. If we start letting the
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/0000/PX00023.pdf
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From: D-OEM
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RE: DOS 4 0 - US Sales Policy
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Do not confuse the customer with Windows talk. We will try to "upgrade"
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NON-WIN customers in Q3 FY89 when WIN3.0 is real. Sell what you have. If
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there is resistance from WIN customers to take the shell for their 286
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and 386 machines. I want to know about it. We might consider to sweeten
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the deal. But remember, IBM compatibility will mean to carry the shell.
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MS is planning to implement an upgrade for MS - packaged goods customers
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fulfillment with proof of purchase requirements. This is done on a
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http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/0000/PX00026.pdf
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From: chuckst Sun Sep 29 17:16:46 1991
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Subject: Bambi on DR-DOS 6.0
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Date: Sun Sep 29 17:16:39 1991
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: I tracked down a serious incompatibility with DR-DOS 6 - They don't use the 'normal' device driver interface for > 32M partitions. Instead of setting the regular START SECTOR field to 0ffffh and then using a brand new 32-bit field the way MS-DOS has always done, they simply extend the start sector field by 16 bits. .. I've patched a version of Bambi to work with DRD6, and it seems to run Win 3.1 without difficulty. This same problem may have caused other problems with Win 3.1 and the swapfile under DRD6.
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: It is possible to make Bambi work, assuming we can come up with a reasonably safe method for detecting DRD6. .. What do you think? Should we test further with the patched Bambi to see if there are any more incompatibilities?
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From: philba Mon Sep 30 08:15:02 1991
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Subject: Bambi on DR-DOS 6.0
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Date: Sat, 28 Sep 91 07:57:50 PDT
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: my proposal is to have bambi refuse to run on this alien OS, comments?
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/010807/PLEX_0981.pdf
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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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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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RONALD ALEPIN, recalled as a witness, having been previously duly sworn, testified as follows:
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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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Q. And you testified that there wasn't a real error. It was a false error; right?
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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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From: tomle Fri Sep 28 06:40:31 1990
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Subject: What would you be doing now
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ok, post a nice SOL msg. bottom line is that he needs msdos- something
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A competitive defense against DR_DOS provided by 2-3 year license agreements
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Current revision

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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