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From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 04:26:23 -0500

Browsing Software Distinct From Operating System Says Expert 


WASHINGTON -- A lawyer for the Microsoft Corporation failed Wednesday to shake a computer-science expert from his 
argument that Internet software should not be included as part of Microsoft's Windows operating system. 

Central to the Government's antitrust suit against Microsoft is the charge that the company bundled Internet browser 
software with Windows largely as a tactic to put competitors at a disadvantage. 

"In general, designers have a huge amount of flexibility in how to package these files, the same way you have a large 
amount of flexibility in how you put things in a grocery bag, as long as you don't crush stuff," said David J. Farber, 
a senior computer-science professor at the University of Pennsylvania who is a Government witness. "Software is 
infinitely malleable." 

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