Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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RE[3]: hold water
by twenex on Sat 9th Jun 2007 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: hold water"
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I really don't understand where you get these "catch-up" ideas. Windows interoperates with old versions of itself. If the Samba folks (or the OOo or any other group that tries to interoperate with microsoft's stuff) made their software correctly, it would just behave as an old protocol version and do the right thing, just as Office and Windows does.

I really don't understand where you get these ideas. Windows and/or Microsoft's Windows programs often don't interoperate with old versions of themselves - Vista drivers, programs, and Word 97 anyone?

As Jeremy Allison stated in court, if Microsoft released the specs to it's "Common" "Internet" "Filesystem", or simply stopped continually changing it, Samba would just behave correctly and do the right thing, just as Office and Windows do.

I think you need to realise that OSS devs are frankly very interested in becoming compatible with Microsoft. It's not fun and requires a high-level of skill because Microsoft are always making gratuitous changes, so it's just one of those things that doesn't get done quickly. (Jeremy Allison himself said that Linux should be looking to create a directory service which uses a database instead of lists.) Microsoft could do it when they needed to because, er, our protocols are open, theirs and aren't and they are, er, theirs.

For a "Platform Agnostic" you seem ready to give Microsoft a helluva lot of credit they don't deserve. Maybe you should ditch platform-agnostic for platform-knowledgeable.

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