Secure Boot, No Thanks
Posted Jan 1, 2013 16:36 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Secure Boot, No Thanks
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Notice that Netscape was NOT preinstalled with earlier Microsoft OSes either. Customers had to go and explicitly get it from Netscape (download, or snail mail)
This is where you are wrong. Sure, not all systems had it preinstalled, but enough of them did in 1996-1997. By the 1998 Microsoft managed to squeeze most OEMs and "convinced" then to drop Netscape. Textbook case of monopoly power abuse.
In fact, Apple wanted to do it so hard that they eliminated the OEMs altogether. Nobody is crying anti-competitive behavior on them over the fact (or did I miss it?)
You are 100% correct, of course. Microsoft is pale imitation of Apple when abuse of power is concerned. But the thing is: Apple was not never big enough PC vendor to warrant antitrust investigations.
On the phone side (where it is big enough in certain markets, but not in all of them), oh yeah... Apple gets a lot of attention from different groups. In court and outside of court.
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