Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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RE[3]: say what
by _txf_ on Sun 17th Jul 2011 23:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: say what"
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How is this any different than Redhat and Oracle contributing patches? Their motivations are selfish as well.


For starters RedHat and Oracle patches tend to contribute to Linux itself and not act as a virtualization shim. Yeah, the motivations are similar but the end result is vastly different.

And it should be noted that RedHat also funds a lot of development of software that has no direct bearing on it's business and as a result enriches the linux ecosystem.

Edited 2011-07-17 23:10 UTC

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