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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Not a snowflake's
by SReilly on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:00 UTC
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...chance in hell are MS going to start a patent war with RH.

First off, the start of a patent war is a can of worms MS don't want to open.

Secondly, with all the big guns not only using, but actively offering either RH or a RH derivative, they would be leaving themselves open for a large scale counter attack from pretty much every big player in the field apart from Novell.

Even Novell could get on the side of RH if they feel the need too as, AFAIK, they only signed a deal not to sue each other's customers.

The only thing I'm hearing from Balmer at the mo is a marketing bluff, i.e. FUD.

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