Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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It's not Android...
by PrimalDK on Thu 7th Jul 2011 07:34 UTC
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...it's Linux.

This is the second time Microsoft has successfully pushed companies to pay protection money for distributing Linux.

This tells you that despite Linux being GPL, it can still cost you, and that is as clear a message as you can send to companies investing in it.

I am not surprised, but somewhat disappointed that the American government isn't looking into an effective cartel case. Apple and Microsoft together buy a patent portfolio?! I thought Steve Jobs had nothing but scorn left for Redmond...

Now they are effectively trying to kill the only large volume open source mobile initiative, and doing so not by making a better mousetrap, but by waving their AK-47s.

One would think America had left the mob behind...

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