Lee Hollaar, a computer expert and professor at the University of Utah, will be allowed to examine the source code for Windows XP in the antitrust case being pursued by New York and other states against Microsoft. In granting a motion brought by the states to compel production of the source code, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly named Hollaar as one of the experts that will be permitted to look at the code for purposes of the trial. Other experts will also be allowed to look at the code, but they have yet to be named. Hollaar was named as an expert witness for Bristol Technology in an antitrust case brought by that company against Microsoft. Microsoft settled the case in 2001 for an undisclosed sum. --Michael Kanellos, Special to ZDNet News
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During the opening round of the Bristol-Microsoft antitrust trial Thursday, an attorney for Bristol Technology said the company's business may be "destroyed" because Microsoft Corp. has withheld source code for Windows NT.
Bristol Technologies filed a federal suit against Microsoft last August, accusing the software giant of illegally withholding Windows source code from the company. Bristol, , which has just 70 employees, makes a product called Wind/U, which lets software makers easily port Windows applications to other operating systems such as Unix.
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