Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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Show 'em
by zizban on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:21 UTC
zizban
Member since:
2005-07-06

Show us what patents are being infringed. You are the patent holder; the burden of proof is on you.

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by Duffman on Tue 9th Oct 2007 19:57 in reply to "Show 'em"
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by SEJeff on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:05 in reply to "RE: Show 'em"
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

Hate to break it to you, but IBM has a WHOLE LOT MORE patents than Microsoft. Also, do you not think that Linux distributors and companies around the world will not band together to fight a common enemy?

If Microsoft sues Redhat, what makes you think they won't sue the Gentoo foundation, or any other Linux "distributor"? Many very large companies make their bread based on Linux. Thinking they won't come together is naiive of Ballmer at best. Whos to say that Microsoft doesn't violate hundreds of patents owned by some of these companies like OIN or IBM? I bet they do.

Jeff Waugh put it best, "Say it with me: DON'T f--k WITH DIVERSITY. cf. The War of the Worlds, H. G.
Wells, 1898.":
http://lists.linux.org.au/archives/linux-aus/2003-August/msg00136.h...

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by Ben Jao Ming on Tue 9th Oct 2007 21:30 in reply to "RE: Show 'em"
Ben Jao Ming Member since:
2005-07-26

There is a big difference between owning an American patent and having the right to IP and having that enforced in a court. If they own a bunch of crap patent, then the court can actually just say "go fsck yourself, Ballmer".

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by unoengborg on Wed 10th Oct 2007 18:19 in reply to "RE: Show 'em"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Owning them is one thing, having them declared valid in a court case is quite another.

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RE: Show 'em
by draethus on Wed 10th Oct 2007 04:03 in reply to "Show 'em"
draethus Member since:
2006-08-02

Show us what patents are being infringed. You are the patent holder; the burden of proof is on you.

eg:
OpenGL (MS bought patent in 2002)
FAT32 long filenames

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