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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RE[2]: Rather ironic...
by pcdoctor on Mon 14th May 2007 12:09 UTC in reply to "Rather ironic..."
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They are (marginally) desperate.
MS sees a brave new trend emerging with kewl software like Ubuntu and other refined Linux flavours now starting a snowball effect!

This worrying trend must be nipped in the bud
and these rattling of sabres and jerking-around of chains is the first step,
never mind they stole so much good stuff from Apple and others,
back when Win.95 was The Dorkiest Software on Earth.

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