States Off-Target With Modular Windows Demand
Tester's Choice: The government in its antitrust actions against Microsoft has placed way too much emphasis on bundling and integration; instead it should make sure Microsoft doesn't prevent OEMs from offering their customers platform choice.The Microsoft antitrust saga stretches onward, and in our latest thrilling installment, the attorneys general from the states rejecting the settlement proposed by the Department of Justice and Microsoft are demanding that Microsoft produce a modular version of Windowsfree of applications deemed (by whom Im not sure) as extraneous to the operation of the OS. The idea is that a stripped-down version of Windows would work to counteract Microsofts software bundling practices. You know those pesky bundling practicesthe ones without which wed now be conducting all of our computing across the Netscape Navigator "platform." Ive always felt that the governments antitrust actions against Microsoft have placed way too much emphasis on bundling and integration. First off, no self-respecting OS would step out the door without a Web browser. The sort of computing we do today cannot be divorced from the Web. In fact, I wish Microsoft would toss a decent FTP client in with Windows as well.
Second, I like integration. The thing I like best about KDE is the extent to which Konqueror, its browser/file manager/viewer application, is integrated into the desktop environment. Desktop computer userseven those of us who enjoy tweaking around with our systemsappreciate a degree of out-of-the-box elegance, for which integration is just the ticket.