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 Mar 22, 2005 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* EC gives MS two weeks

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The EC has given Microsoft two weeks to clean up its act: after that, fines of up to $5 million per day.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) criticized the terms proposed by Microsoft and asked the commission to impose fines on the company if it fails to amend its offer.

The FSFE argued that aspects of the licensing terms discriminate against open-source developers. For example, Microsoft is proposing a per-server license arrangement, and the FSFE says that the way open-source products are distributed makes it impossible to say how many servers would be using Microsoft's protocols. Open-source developers have also protested conditions Microsoft is imposing on viewing the protocols, including offering access to them for a limited time and to a limited number of persons.
And what, they expected that MS wouldn't try to structure things so that freeware programmers still were kept out of the loop?

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