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: Joke
by mallard on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:38 UTC in reply to "Joke"
mallard
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2006-01-06

When the alternatives are the PS3 and Blu-Ray, either way is supporting a "stupid company" with very questionable business ethics.
At least its easier to live up to my "vow" never to buy Sony-branded products.

Besides, Microsoft doesn't own HD-DVD.

Edited 2007-10-09 17:39

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RE[2]: Joke
by Beta on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:42 in reply to "RE: Joke"
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2005-07-06

One minor point: Sony encourages customers to run Linux (or any OS) on their PS3 if they so wish.

Not sure what Microsoft’s stance is wrt Linux on x360 ;)

Seems like quite the lesser of two evils going with PS3.

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Linux on PS3
by StaubSaugerNZ on Tue 9th Oct 2007 21:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Joke"
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

I have Ubuntu on PS3. Problem is, you have very restricted access to the underlying hardware due to Sony's RSX driver prohibiting this. While Sony are better than Microsoft in that they contributed patches to Linux you also have to consider that Sony did this to head off any truly open drivers for the PS3 (since it works "well enough" for most people). Also, Sony didn't add Linux out of altruism, it's because they get a lower import tax/duty in the EU if the PS3 is classed as "computing" hardware rather than "entertainment" hardware only.

That said, the PS3 is an excellent bit of gear and I'm happy it runs Linux very well (despite the restrictions on access to the GPU, which means no hardware OpenGL).

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