Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2007 21:38 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat Red Hat is taking a business-as-usual stance in the face of renewed rumblings from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer over the need for Red Hat Linux users to pay up. Ballmer has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft IP is found in Linux. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us," said Ballmer at a Microsoft event last week in London. But Red Hat itself has adopted a stance that keeps it above the Microsoft patent fray. "At this point, please reference our previous statements on this topic," said a Red Hat spokesman contacted Tuesday about Microsoft's statements on Red Hat Linux users. The spokesman pointed out a Red Hat blog posted "after the last FUD statements from Microsoft" in May, she said. Shuttleworth agrees.
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Red Hat has good taste
by buff on Fri 12th Oct 2007 00:28 UTC
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I know a lot of people see Red Hat as the Microsoft of Linux. But you have to give them credit for not jumping into the fray and showing good restraint. I also respect them more for not scrambling to cover themselves with a Microsoft IP blanket scheme to offer them legal 'protection'. It is nice to see a company *not* react like a chicken with its head cut off hoping to snuggle up with Redmond. I also appreciate their contributions to Fedora and the tools they release under the GPL which I use a lot for administration.

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