Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Jul 2009 20:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Mono discussion may be tiring, but the fact of the matter is that thanks to this discussion, various major Linux distributions are now making official statements detailing their position in the Mono/C# debate. The latest to do this is Ubuntu, which reiterated their position yesterday.
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RE: Cannot sue
by redbeard on Thu 2nd Jul 2009 18:14 UTC in reply to "Cannot sue"
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“ Microsoft cannot sue for the existence of something they helped create. Any prospective judge for the case would turn around and say "Okay, if the development is being done without a license, and if it infringes your patents, why did you contribute to its development?" “

And this is the point that people keep missing MS doesn’t have to be the one to sue. Does any think that there might be a patent troll out there that has a patent on .Net/Mono “IP” that we don’t know about? Why there are at least a couple of former MS VPs that are in the patent business since they left MS.

Soooo at some point in the future after linux has some uptake in the corporate world along with a mono based app or two that is in wide use, one of these patent troll companies files suit against a few mid-size companies and MS for infringement. Remember a patent holder can sue individual end users of the software. Now MS doesn’t have to fear any retaliation since they are being sued too. MS can settle for some big cash which will include a license for anybody using MS software. The mid-size companies either pay up or fight on doesn’t really matter to MS. MS now crows about how FOSS can NOT protect you like MS can! . . . FOSS software is dangerous to your business. At this point MS has won a nice little victory since all of the PHBs won’t be using that penguin software again since they might get sued . . .

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