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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RE[2]: OIN
by pedromatiello on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE: OIN"
pedromatiello
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Yes, I agree. But, given the state of patent system in US, it's likely that Linux infringes some Microsoft patents. But it's equally (or even more) likely that Microsoft infringes patents owned by OIN, IBM, RedHat (?) and others.

Yes, it's probably only FUD as I don't see a real patent-war against Linux friends (thanks, IBM) as something that would benefit Microsoft, but FUD is bad enough. Maybe companies from the Linux side should tell the world that their patents are being infringed by Microsoft too?

I used to think that part of the objective of OIN was to provide a sense of security. Something like "they can't sue us because we have X, Y and Z". Maybe this should be better advertised.

Of course, without software patents the situation would be different.

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