Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Feb 2007 21:00 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Microsoft The same week that Microsoft issued a press release providing further details about some of the technological advances that will result from the November 2006 technology agreement between Novell and Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street what he really thinks the deal means to Microsoft. During a forecast update meeting for financial analysts and shareholders on February 15, Ballmer reiterated that, to him, the deal is more about Microsoft exerting intellectual property pressure on Novell than anything else.
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The worst is the threats are vague
by phoehne on Sun 18th Feb 2007 22:02 UTC
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Does any one know if they're concerned about one sub-system, like Samba or FAT? If that's the case we could put NFS or Coda on Windows. (FAT would be a more pressing problem).

However, the problem that I have with Microsoft are the vague nature of the alleged IP infringements. If they were able to identify a particular sub-system or technology, then it could be fixed or changed.

However, the Catbert in me thinks they won't do that. With an arsenal of patents that probably includes "breathing through your nose," I'm sure they have plenty of ammunition to initiate law-suits.

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