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IP: another trial piece from the SJ Mernews
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 04:50:40 -0500


                        IE courtroom debate: OS or application?
                        BY DAVID L. WILSON
                        Mercury News Washington Bureau 

                        Computer scientist David J. Farber, under 
                        cross-examination Tuesday in the ongoing antitrust trial 
                        against Microsoft Corp., said the company deliberately 
                        designed its Windows 98 operating system so that 
                        consumers could not remove Microsoft's Web browsing 
                        software, Internet Explorer. 

                        Farber, in his first day appearing in court, said 
                        because of that consumers would have to put up with 
                        poorer performance and more frequent crashes on their 

                     Despite the often vigorous give and take, the demeanor 
                        in the courtroom was relatively relaxed. In one of the 
                        typical exchanges that charmed those in the courtroom -- 
                        even the normally irascible Holley -- Holley said 
                        removing IE would disable Windows. Farber replied, "My 
                        experience is even without removing things I can disable 

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