Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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The article title is misleading
by JoeBuck on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:54 UTC
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Microsoft has not aimed any patent guns at Red Hat. This would require them to sue or threaten to sue based on infringement of specific patents. They haven't; rather Ballmer gave a speech where he spread some FUD.
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While Microsoft has hired some very bright people, and has done some innovative research, much of Windows is based on the copying of ideas that originated elsewhere. If a patent war breaks out, Microsoft is going to be paying out more than it collects.

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