Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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by airwedge1 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:08 UTC
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Personally I think the MS crap goes deeper then the deals themselves. Every company that makes a deal is soon afterward given flak about them making the deal. I think it is just a scheme to piss off, and divide the linux community. ie. Novell made the deal. They need something committed to the linux kernel. Linux core developers, with hatred toward MS, will pay much less attention to their request, because they hate Microsoft. Everything Microsoft does is devious. But I agree I still don't understand why any company would make this deal. MS will never release what patents they think they have, and they will never try to enforce them, and the patents would never hold up in court.

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