Slashdot | Larry Rosen on the Microsoft Penalty Ruling – good reading.
How do consumers benefit? No, really! by Enry
Both Bill Gates and John Ashcroft talked about how the decision benefits consumers. But there’s nothing really in the decision that changes the way MSFT does business. I can’t call IBM and get a discount on a system without Windows installed, if I load XP onto a machine, MSFT can take it over and install software without my permission, and the APIs can be buried in MSDN, forcing OSS software developers to not only subscribe to MSDN, but also follow whatever licensing MSDN forces on users.
For the most part, this is MSFT business as usual.