At the time of the lawsuit, open-source OS's weren't even on the map as competition for MS Windows.
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However, if the study is "how can we FIX what men don't like about condoms", then the study becomes very important, and might benefit society immensely. If a condom could be constructed that didn't impede feeling at all, there would be huge benefits, a great reduction in unwanted pregnancies.
Even more of of a huge benefit: sex would be more fun.
Want to grow up to become an athlete? Sorry, you didn't inherit the right genetic mix to predispose you to becoming tall / strong / better cardiovascular function.
Want to grow up to become a model? Sorry, you didn't inherit the right genetic mix to give you a slender physique, blond, and blue eyes.
Want health insurance? Sure, but it's going to be more expensive FOR EVERYONE regardless of your genetics because some luddite outlawed screening for genetic diseases.