Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by Havin_it
Legal "Free software is great, and corporate America loves it. It's often high-quality stuff that can be downloaded free off the Internet and then copied at will. It's versatile - it can be customized to perform almost any large-scale computing task - and it's blessedly crash-resistant. A broad community of developers, from individuals to large companies like IBM, is constantly working to improve it and introduce new features. No wonder the business world has embraced it so enthusiastically: More than half the companies in the Fortune 500 are thought to be using the free operating system Linux in their data centers. But now there's a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it's being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents."
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Patent or not patent
by valyno on Mon 14th May 2007 01:20 UTC
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As a linux user, obviously, I feel concerned by the patents issues, either in the US or in Europe.

I would feel more concerned if I was Balmer: China is awaking. China is one bilion and something people (the something representing actually the US population).
And China don't care at ALL about US patents.
They will developp by themselves. They will use their own products. And they will sell it to the world.
Or they will continue to use Linux, already Chinese flavoured Linux distros exists.

The only thing that can prevent MS to stay alive is not patenting. It is innovating. More swiftly that the competitors.

India is already producing cheap and skilled developpers. Do you think that the chinese are less smart that the US ones ?

The same issue is awaiting to all the others industries. INNOVATION is the only way so stay alive. Everything else is bullshitt from shortsighted greedy guys who think only of the share earning ratio for the next three years.

Don't believe me ? Do you remember the IBM's laptops ?...

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