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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no suprise
by trenchsol on Sat 9th Jun 2007 13:46 UTC
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It is obvious to me that all the corporations making deals with Microsoft, are doing that for mutual benefit. There will be more and more such companies. I don't see any blackmail in it, just getting rid of legal problems. Nobody is happy having to deal with patent laws in court, especially Microsoft.

FSF may try to prevent corporations from benefiting on Linux, only to make those corporations alienate from it turn to something else. Those alienated corporations will not contribute either to Linux or FSF any more.

The only reason why some company would not want such deal is of idelogical/religious nature, and not doing something for such reasons is ridiculous.

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