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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Very predictable
by JeffS on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:42 UTC
JeffS
Member since:
2005-07-12

This is all very calculated -

the attack by proxy via SCO (which failed).

The patent pact with Novell, followed shortly by the claim that Linux/OO.org and desktop environments violate 235 MS patents.

Now this.

This is FUD, slander, and extortion. IBM, Red Hat, and all interested parties (Intel, Oracle, HP, the list goes on), should sue for slander, and bring up extortion charges.

Steve Ballmer - STFU. You are a troll, a moron, a liar, a criminal. Go crawl back under the rock you came from ... OR ... change your ways and try to conduct business honestly and product products that are customer friendly.

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RE: Very predictable
by tyrione on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:54 in reply to "Very predictable"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

I find the Oo.org one quite peculiar seeing as Sun was paid $2 Billion in IP violations and more by Microsoft [correct me if I'm wrong] so if there were so many violations you'd think Microsoft would have hammered out a different deal with Sun.

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RE[2]: Very predictable
by DigitalAxis on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:36 in reply to "RE: Very predictable"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

If you believe Wikipedia, Microsoft has all kinds of covenants not to sue, even with Sun.

The patent 'landscape', if you will, is a World War I style powderkeg. Either it's defused via legislation restricting software patents and overturning existing ones, or it'll eventually blow up. I don't think ANYONE wants to see that happen, because the only ones who win will be everyone outside the USA who don't have to obey US patent laws.

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RE: Very predictable
by Robocoastie on Thu 11th Oct 2007 15:21 in reply to "Very predictable"
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

Yea like WTF does it take 10 minutes + for my computer to boot and be usable in Vista? And why does it have to slowly redraw and load files in windows explorer? Why does Windows Explorer crash so often (at least it doesn't make the whole system crash anymore). Vista is craptastic but due to MSFT's monopoly on school systems I still have to have a partition of it.

IOW there's no way Linux violates MSFT patents because they don't even resemble them - Linux's apps. work!

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