Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Nov 2006 16:53 UTC, submitted by deanlinkous
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work."
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Ballmer's extremely ominous comments
by walterbyrd on Sun 12th Nov 2006 15:32 UTC
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The distributors of other versions of Linux cannot assure their customers that Microsoft won't sue for patent infringement. "If a customer says, 'Look, do we have liability for the use of your patented work?' Essentially, If you're using non-SUSE Linux, then I'd say the answer is yes," Ballmer said.

If you don't pay msft, then msft may just sue you for using linux. It doesn't matter if you are right or wrong, once you have been sued by a $300 billion ruthless monopoly, you have already lost. Msft can financially ruin you with litigation expenses.

This is blatant extortion. Huge abuse of the US patent system, and legal system. This is yet another example of massively abusive business practices by a convinted monopolist. This is as ruthless and unfair as it can possibly be. And so typical of this thuggish, useless, company.

But, it's msft, so I guess it's okay.

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