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Lindows CEO Robertson Berates Microsoft's"Orchestrated Attempt to Slow the Adoption of Linux"

Lindows CEO Robertson Berates Microsoft's"Orchestrated Attempt to Slow the Adoption of Linux"

"We have completely withdrawn our products from these markets and put notices on every page of our website," protests Lindows CEO Michael Robertson in a news release put out by Lindows, Inc. yesterday, "yet Microsoft is still asking that the Judge fine us 100,000 euros per day because non-U.S. visitors can view our U.S.-based website."

"Microsoft's actions," Robertson continues, "demonstrate this has nothing to do with protecting their Dutch trademark or confusion in the marketplace, but is simply an attempt to put us out of business."

He is referring to papers just filed against Lindows Inc. in the Netherlands by Microsoft Corporation asking the court to fine Lindows 100,000 euros per day for permitting its Web site to be reachable by visitors from the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

"Since visitors to our website come from international ISPs, proxy servers, anonymizers and other methods," Robertson points out, exasperated, "it is impossible for us to comply with such a broad order to block all visitors from Benelux, and Microsoft knows this."

The company's release adds:

Twice, Microsoft has asked US courts to shutdown the Lindows.com website and both times those requests were rejected (www.lindows.com/doublewin). Since then, Microsoft has asked courts in Finland and Sweden to demand that the company block access to Lindows.com. In both instances, those requests were also denied. Microsoft then filed a lawsuit in the Netherlands asking yet again to block access. This time their request was granted to make Lindows "inaccessible to visitors from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg."

"Microsoft has been unsuccessful for two years in the U.S. and is now delaying that pending trial with appeals while they shop around the world for a court willing to enter a favorable ruling," adds Robertson. "Their software monopoly gives them a virtually limitless legal budget to launch these endless legal attacks and this is another example of Microsoft's orchestrated attempt to slow the adoption of Linux."

Lindows has implemented a complete withdrawal from the Benelux market pending an appeal of the original order, Robertson notes. 

A hearing date for this new action has been set for March 30th, 2004 at 1:30pm.

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