March 13, 2004

Lindows CEO Robertson Berates Microsoft's "Orchestrated Attempt to Slow the Adoption of Linux"

"We have completely withdrawn our products from these markets and put notices on every page of our website," protests Lindows CEO Michael Robertson in a news release put out by Lindows, Inc. yesterday, "yet Microsoft is still asking that the Judge fine us 100,000 euros per day because non-U.S. visitors can view our U.S.-based website.""Microsoft's actions," Robertson continues, "demonstrate this has nothing to do with protecting their Dutch trademark or confusion in the marketplace, but is simply an attempt to put us out of business."

He is referring to papers just filed against Lindows Inc. in the Netherlands by Microsoft Corporation asking the court to fine Lindows 100,000 euros per day for permitting its Web site to be reachable by visitors from the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

"Since visitors to our website come from international ISPs, proxy servers, anonymizers and other methods," Robertson points out, exasperated, "it is impossible for us to comply with such a broad order to block all visitors from Benelux, and Microsoft knows this."



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