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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Good Lord
by Flatline on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:23 UTC
Flatline
Member since:
2006-03-06

What is it with this guy? They have been going back and forth on this for years and they haven't produced any evidence that there *is* infringement. Even if there were, the company distributing it should be liable, not the users. I am not a violent man, but I really feel like slapping Ballmer in the face on occasion.

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Pseudo code
by DevL on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:27 in reply to "Good Lord"
DevL Member since:
2005-07-06

forever {
kick_steve_ballmer_in_the_balls;
}

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RE: Pseudo code
by GMFlash on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:53 in reply to "Pseudo code"
GMFlash Member since:
2006-06-30

forever {
kick_steve_ballmer_in_the_balls;
}


Error on line 2: Balls do not exist

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RE: Pseudo code
by altair on Fri 12th Oct 2007 21:00 in reply to "Pseudo code"
altair Member since:
2005-07-06

Here's a Groovy variant where everyone can have their fun:
peopleInWorld.each {
steveBallmer.kickInTheBalls
}

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RE: Good Lord
by google_ninja on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:28 in reply to "Good Lord"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Does RedHat provide indemnification to its users? I know commercial operating systems do, but most linux distros don't. I am not sure about RH, as it kind of sits in the middle.

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RE[2]: Good Lord
by Rahul on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:38 in reply to "RE: Good Lord"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Red Hat does

http://www.redhat.com/rhel/details/assurance/

Novell's deals has only helped validate this kind of FUD.

"Ballmer praised Novell at the UK event for valuing intellectual property, and suggested that open source vendors will be forced to strike similar deals with other patent holders."

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RE[2]: Good Lord
by Redeeman on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:44 in reply to "RE: Good Lord"
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

i dont think you know what commercial means.... you are looking for the word proprietary.

And as to your questions, redhat does provide indemnification.

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RE[2]: Good Lord
by amadensor on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:28 in reply to "RE: Good Lord"
amadensor Member since:
2006-04-10

Actually they often do not. Many users of Microsoft SQL Server (I believe the 2000 version) were sued and lost on a patent infringement case.

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RE[2]: Good Lord
by Soulbender on Wed 10th Oct 2007 04:23 in reply to "RE: Good Lord"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Does RedHat provide indemnification to its users?"

In most countries this is not necessary since end-users/consumers can not be expected to understand the internal complex workings of the products they purchase and what patents they could possibly violate. Patent violations are the responsibility of the manufacturer and/or distributor.

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