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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Apple
by spook on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:04 UTC
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2006-01-09

If A full scale patent war developed between MS and Linux (and most people think IBM would support Linux)

I wonder which side Apple would fall down on? Would they lend support to the resistence or stay neutral and out of the way? I presume with the age of the company and the many things they have piorneered, along with the earlier battles with MS, that they also have a significant portfolio of Patents that could be brought to bear one way or the other

Edited 2007-10-09 22:05

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RE: Apple
by apoclypse on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:13 in reply to "Apple"
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2007-02-17

Eventhough Apple's whole MO is to be anti-MS they are actually very similar in how they handle their business. If the tables were turned and Apple were to be the big dog, trust me it would be far worst. I genuinely like apple, NOW, primarily because the company was forced to actually make good products to survive, but that's not to say I'm naive about their business practices and how they have screwed the little guy just as much as MS has.

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RE[2]: Apple
by spook on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:18 in reply to "RE: Apple"
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2006-01-09

Oh I don't disagree, just wondered whos side they'd be tempted to take, as they could bring a lot to bear against MS. But I think they do what was just best for themselves and go and hide somewhere out the way and come out onces all the fightings done.

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