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: Scare tactics
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:07 UTC in reply to "Scare tactics"
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I'll admit to being pretty cynical about Microsoft-bashing these days, especially as most of it seems to be stuff that was already trite ten years on Usenet.

But I agree, this is pretty damn sketchy. The characterization someone made the Xandros comments was pretty spot-on: "That's a real nice business you got there, something bad could happen to it - so give us money and we'll protect you and your customers."

Hell, I'm starting to believe the conspiracy theories about the SCO nonsense being a "dry-run" for this sort thing. Almost has a feel of "Oh damn, the current government's not going to be around much longer - we better do this stuff now, on the off chance that the next bunch won't let us get away with it."

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