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Re: Supply and Demand
In reply to Robert Mark Waugh's message sent 11/27/97 12:45 AM:
>Actually, you're still not getting the Netscape licensing agreements. It is
>free for educational use and for non-profit organizations, and beta's are
>always free. Individual users _should_ buy a copy, but the licensing is not
>really enforced terribly hard unless you're a company. So, in effect, while
>most people don't have to pay for it at home, it's still a distinctly
>It is, however, acceptable to have products as shareware, or even freeware.
Yes, I am "getting it." As you say, most people don't have to pay for
Navigator, and never have. Whatever the company's official policy, I
think this is widely understood by the public.
>No. This is what is at issue regarding the predatory pricing violations.
>Microsoft is utilizing it's other monopolies' profits to capture further
>monopolies. There is a difference between predatory pricing and tying, both
>of which are illegal, both of which Microsoft is quite obviously guilty of.
I don't know what revenues Netscape uses to subsidize the preponderance
of free copies of Navigator, though I presume it must come from
somewhere. And again, for purpose of this discussion, I am not
interesting in the tying arguments. They are relevant, but not to the
question at hand.
>One way that the difference can be seen, not from so much a legal stand
>but from a moral standpoint. The main business goal of Netscape is to create
>software that distribute information. Netscape also produces a front end to
>it's backend products (which are the products that actually make the whopping
>70% of their profits, with the browser only capturing 18%)... So, in fact,
>browser is a perfect complement to the server products. In this case, it is
>quite obvious that distributing a free browser is not so much tying or
>predatory practices, but is in fact enabling users to use the primary
>Another example of Microsoft tying and predatory tactics that is never
>discussed is the fact that they include MS IIS with Windows NT, Advanced
>Server. This is quite obviously again a seperate product that is being tied
>and leveraged using predatory (free) pricing against competing products, of
>which there are several to choose from (Netscape, O'Reilly, etc).
I have discussed this in some detail on the Boycott Microsoft site. I
agree, more people ought to know about it. I hope you will understand why
I am asking these questions: I am frequently challenged for what is
perceived by readers as an unwarranted "defense" of Netscape. And
honestly, knowing what I know, it can be difficult to respond to the
He not only wants to win, but he wants to kill the competition.
He wants to bury the wounded. -- James Wallace, on Bill Gates
Boycott Microsoft ** http://www.vcnet.com/bms