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 Lennie on Mon 18th Jul 2011 00:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: say what"
Lennie
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Selfish ?:
1. Just as selfish as any contributor to any open source project. RedHat and Oracle don't want to keep their own patches in a separate kernel that takes a lot of work to keep porting it.

2. Microsoft has contributed a bunch of drivers. That is what this is. They are just as selfish as any hardware vendor in trying to get their drivers accepted.

3. Major contribution ? Not really, yes there are a lot of changes. But that doesn't mean it is a lot of code (it isn't very little code either).

They changed pretty much every single line of the patches as Microsoft submitted them at first.

Because the style of the code in Windows as very different from the style in the Linux-kernel.

A lot of changes needed to be made and they all are separate commits and thus counted as changed.

Just read this blog-post on the first attempt by Microsoft to get their code accepted:

http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/review-hv-patches.html

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