Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2007 09:42 UTC, submitted by FreeRhino
Legal Microsoft has said it will not sue Linux users with regards to the company's patent claims. "We're not litigating. If we wanted to we would have done so years ago," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's VP for intellectual property and licensing, in an interview. When asked for a reply regarding the claim of Microsoft that the Linux kernel infringes 42 of its patents, Linus Torvalds replied: "Can you get a list of which ones? Before that, it's just FUD, and there's not a whole lot I can say or do. Is there prior art? Are they trivial and obvious to one skilled in the art? Would we need to work around them? We don't know, because all I've heard so far is just FUD. If MS actually wanted us to not infringe their patents, they'd tell us. Since they don't, that must mean that they actually prefer the FUD."
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RE[8]: What a load
by aGNUstic on Wed 16th May 2007 18:46 UTC
aGNUstic
Member since:
2005-07-28

"Americans have very strange thinking sometimes, it seems, when they think they have a chance to rip people off."

We do think strange. Must be the water that makes us rip everyone off.

Seriously, truth-be-told, you're probably wealthier than me.

I also wish several of my grand-parents and great grands that fought in your stupid wars were not laying in graveyards in Europe so I could visit them and tend to their graves.

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RE[9]: What a load
by lemur2 on Wed 16th May 2007 23:24 in reply to "RE[8]: What a load"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

We do think strange. Must be the water that makes us rip everyone off.

Seriously, truth-be-told, you're probably wealthier than me.

I also wish several of my grand-parents and great grands that fought in your stupid wars were not laying in graveyards in Europe so I could visit them and tend to their graves.


Crikey!

I'm an Aussie, mate. Dinkum. No wars here, cobber.

Not a common image, is it ... an Aussie that can do math.

The thing is, I don't ever imagine that we Aussies are the only people on the planet that can do math. As a matter of fact, our next-door neighbours, the Asians, are very good at it.

Americans, OTOH, or at least some large American corporate companies, seem to be of the view that they can charge people for work they did not do, because they happen to have done some math once themselves some years ago.

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