Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2007 12:39 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linspire "This week, Microsoft laid out the next chapter in their plans regarding patents and open source Linux software, by going public with the claim that Linux infringes on some 235 of their software patents. The first chapter in this story began back in November of last year, when Microsoft entered into a agreement with Novell. These events, in my opinion, form the most important dynamic today as to the future success of Linux. How will all of this affect open source software and Linux? What should the open source community do? And... What will Linspire do?"
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Oh god
by Edward on Tue 15th May 2007 17:53 UTC
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allowing someone to patent something as vague as a windowed menu system is beyond stupid

You can patent that, how stupid. That is like a stove company having a patant on cooking food. MS needs to grow up.

If they had a real case, they would take it to court. Plus, what are the patents OSS uses without permission?

Edited 2007-05-15 17:56

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RE: Oh god
by stephanem on Tue 15th May 2007 18:23 in reply to "Oh god"
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allowing someone to patent something as vague as a windowed menu system is beyond stupid

Did you know that Creative patented playlists for MP3s and Apple paid up? This is a case not involving microsoft

Now do you want to tell me that Linux should be immune?

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RE[2]: Oh god
by Supreme Dragon on Tue 15th May 2007 19:14 in reply to "RE: Oh god"
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The despots at MS should show us these mythical patents or stop whining. Imbecilic FUD will not stop Linux from taking marketshare from the software dictatorship.

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RE[3]: Oh god
by justin.68 on Tue 15th May 2007 19:29 in reply to "RE: Oh god"
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Large companies just exchange huge sums of money. It's an endless circular flow somehow. The ones who get regularly screwed are the home users who have to fork out the money they have to work several days to make.

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