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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by Rugxulo on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:43 UTC
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Enough with shouting "FUD" and "troll" at everyone, it's very tiresome and usually out of line (I mean directed at "normal" people, not Steve Ballmer, who obviously has issues). It sounds ridiculous when even Linus himself uses it four times in a sentence. Please, enough already.

Anyways, MS keeps getting sued over patents (Stacker, .mp3), so why are they so eager to jump on others? Shouldn't they be as mad as anyone over the sillyness we all live with these days? Why don't they fix their own massively-hyped, forced-to-upgrade OS (Vista) to be the best it can be instead of wasting time on useless garbage like this? Oh, and stop wasting money advertising, we all have it pre-installed anyways (sheesh). Your first priority should be to fix the bugs!!

"Double click", "one-click shopping", how insane. Can anyone honestly expect these to be ethically patented? Isn't it all just about "more" money. When is enough enough?? (Shouldn't most Microsoft execs just retire? I mean, what are they still doing in the business if all they want is money? Aren't they all set for life yet? Will Vista really help their quality of life that much more?)

Oh, and quit blaming Novell, they most likely didn't (intend to) hurt free software in any way. A house divided cannot stand. If even you, FOSS lovers, hate them, who will support them? Don't tell me it doesn't matter because we're all intertwined anyways. What hurts one hurts us all.

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