So how does the Microsoft antitrust suit affect Apple and the industry? Matt Deatherage wraps up his analysis of the case this week, and we also offer news of a possible merger between AOL and Netscape, plus Sun winning a preliminary injunction against Microsoft in its Java licensing lawsuit. In news that’s unrelated to Microsoft, we report on the releases of Speed Doubler 8.1.2 and WebSTAR 3.0.2, and offer more details about Apple’s iMac financing deal.
AOL & Netscape? America Online and Netscape Communications have confirmed that they're considering a deal where America Online would acquire Netscape for $4 billion in AOL stock, and Sun Microsystems would either acquire or license Netscape's high-end business and enterprise server products
Speed Doubler 8.1.2 Update Nabs Bugs -- Connectix has released Speed Doubler 8.1.2, which fixes bugs and improves compatibility. The Faster File Copying feature now works from a locked startup volume, cleans up spring-loaded folders properly, and doesn't crash if a copy window is placed off-screen, among other changes
Sun Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Microsoft Java -- In Sun Microsystems' year-old Java licensing lawsuit against Microsoft, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte has approved Sun's request for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft's Java implementations for Windows, giving Microsoft 90 days to bring Java-related products into compliance with its licensing agreement with Sun
WebSTAR 3.0.2 Update Released -- StarNine Technologies has released WebSTAR 3.0.2, a new version of the widely used Web server. WebSTAR 3.0.2 offers a host of under-the-hood fixes and enhancements, including significantly improved FTP and MacBinary compatibility, data cache improvements, numerous bug fixes, and workarounds for Open Transport memory leaks on PowerPC systems
A few people wrote in with comments about my article on financing an iMac for $30 per month (see "iMac Equals Three Pizzas Per Month" in TidBITS-454).
Old Macs Rock -- Some people took exception to my feeling that five and a half years was too long to pay for a computer, given how out-of-date it would be by the time you finished
Last week, I looked at how Microsoft wound up facing monopoly and antitrust complaints from friends and enemies alike. Now it's time to see if the charges are relevant or leftovers from a different economic time - and why only Microsoft seems to be facing such scrutiny.
Could Microsoft Learn From Apple? Why doesn't Apple get complaints like those against Microsoft? A former Mac OS clone vendor has filed suit against Apple, claiming that Apple abused a monopoly position in Mac OS hardware to kill clones in 1997 - but no one has filed a similar suit claiming Apple has abused a software monopoly