Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux The Linux community is splitting - right down the middle, at this point - over Microsoft's controversial claims that the open-source operating system infringes on patents it holds. Last Tuesday, Mandriva became the third Linux vendor within five days to say it isn't interested in signing a licensing deal with Microsoft to avoid possible infringement claims. A blog posting to that effect by Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon followed similar declarations by officials at Red Hat and Canonical.
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At the risk of being flamed...
by babernat on Wed 27th Jun 2007 14:24 UTC
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First off, I don't agree with threats of legal action. I think that's usually a sign that you realize your technology cannot stand on its own. Ironically this is sort of reminiscent of an announcement made by Steve Jobs during the 1997 Macworld keynote. He mentioned settling certain patent issues with Microsoft. Then Bill's head appeared on the screen at which point he laughed and said, "All your base are belong to us". But the video encoding was being done Bill's Windows 95 box and it crashed before the "All your base" statement could be transmitted.

Now a bit more serious.

However, has anybody thought about what this might mean in the terms of interoperability? For those of us that have to live and work in both worlds, this may not be such a bad thing (in the long run). I'm one of those fellows that believes neither fully commercial or fully open source is the answer. Rather I think that each has its benefits and draw backs and each should be used where it's strengths are amplified.

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