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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by kurenai on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:13 UTC
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I fully believe in OSS and use linux as much as possible (server, my personal desktop, posting this from my windows work computer =/), and yet I also fully believe that it is possible or even likely that Linux is infringing on something MS owns. It would seem to me to be pretty darn easy to get something through that to us (the tech community) looks obvious, but looks innovative to a patent clerk. It also looks like a surefire way to stifle linux growth.

A basic plan:

1) patent every possible little part of your kernel
2) wait for linux developers to unwittingly violate the patent
3) sue distributions
4) profit

Completely legal and perfectly possible.

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