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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RE: Poker game
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:18 UTC in reply to "Poker game"
ubit
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2006-09-08

There's a conspiracy theory that this is one reason why nVidia and ATI don't open specifications. They both used to have somewhat open drivers, apparently, before signing up with Microsoft on various ventures (eg., Xbox).

That's what DRM is about too, like Peter Gutmann's excellent "Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection" states, since hardware implementing DRM everywhere as MS would love can't be open.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html

(google cache here since it doesn't seem to be loading right now: http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:dU1lF0ao8cMJ:www.cs.auckland.ac...

Edited 2007-06-08 18:19

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