Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2007 09:42 UTC, submitted by FreeRhino
Legal Microsoft has said it will not sue Linux users with regards to the company's patent claims. "We're not litigating. If we wanted to we would have done so years ago," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's VP for intellectual property and licensing, in an interview. When asked for a reply regarding the claim of Microsoft that the Linux kernel infringes 42 of its patents, Linus Torvalds replied: "Can you get a list of which ones? Before that, it's just FUD, and there's not a whole lot I can say or do. Is there prior art? Are they trivial and obvious to one skilled in the art? Would we need to work around them? We don't know, because all I've heard so far is just FUD. If MS actually wanted us to not infringe their patents, they'd tell us. Since they don't, that must mean that they actually prefer the FUD."
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RE: Now what do they do?
by Edward on Wed 16th May 2007 16:14 UTC in reply to "Now what do they do?"
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OK, they told people that it actually cost MORE to run Linux instead of Windows and that didn't work. So they told us that Linux was not as secure as Windows and that didn't work either. Then they bankrolled the SCO fiasco and that really didn't work. So next they tried to scare linux users with saying "linux violates hundreds of our patents and you must pay us royalties" and now they are backing off as soon as they find out that the linux vendors aren't going to just roll over. The linux vendors want proof that Microsoft can't/won't show. I wonder whats next? If they put more effort into making an innovative product everyone wanted and spent less time attacking the competition they would be much better off.

That would be the grown up thing to do, but aparently MS wants to try & use its mega money to push around the competition. I wish MS would make better software, I get tired of the windows crashes & freezes. God, they have more money then the entire OSS comunity put together & they still can't deliver a good OS. The funny thing is the open source comunity can & does.

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