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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by Earl Colby pottinger on Fri 12th Oct 2007 09:38 UTC
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If Microsoft does take this to court all RedHat's lawyers have to do deliver a condensed version of the SCO case to the judge. In particular point out each and every example of the non-delivery of pointing out claimed conflicts, and how much court time/money was wasted without a single valid violation being found by SCO.

Hopefully the judge will cut through some of the FUD and demand Microsoft start suppling some patent numbers.

That Linux violates some of Microsoft's patents I am sure it very true. However, does not mean they are patents that will hold up in court if challenged or can not be worked around.

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