22nd > June > 2004 Archive

Microsoft sues over South American drug allegations

Microsoft's Brazilian subsidiary has taken the country's leading open source advocate to court over what it calls defamatory remarks. Sergio Amadeu, president of the National Institute of Information Technology (ITI), a software libre consultancy, compared Microsoft's Windows license discounts for the public sector to running a "drug dealer practice". Brazil is moving towards open source at a pace, with central government and education leading the way. The magazine in which Amadeu's comments appeared last month is also named in the request.
22 Jun 08:05 |

Larry Ellison's shopping list

The Department of Justice has published Oracle's most wanted list. It's a memo from April last year detailing the company's top acquisition targets. There are few surprises, with PeopleSoft and BEA taking the top spots, and Siebel coming in third. Also on the list at the time were Documentum, Business Objects, JD Edwards, Lawson Software, Sungard and Cerner. JD Edwards was subsequently snapped up by PeopleSoft, which then became the target of an aggressive takeover bid by Oracle, which has resulted in the current Antitrust hearings.
22 Jun 08:11 |

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