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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obsidian
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2007-05-12

**Even if** MS is aiming at all open-source software, there is one area in which they do not have a leg to stand on. The *BSDs!

The *BSDs had their "legal stoush" (fight) in the early '90s iirc. Everything was sorted out for them then. No loose ends for MS to pull on.

Sure, there will be a few PHBs out there who might be spooked by MS, but the vast majority of people/companies/councils/governments will raise a vertical middle finger at them.

Heck, you'd think there'd be someone out there with big-enough cojones to call MS's bluff and sue them for
anti-competitive behaviour... :-)

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