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[4]: Show 'em
by lemur2 on Wed 10th Oct 2007 02:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Show 'em"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

Customers of these companies will be scared by an impending legal battle, will back out and place their bets with Microsoft.


I don't think you understand.

There is a respectable body of patents that have already been pledged to support Linux. In the event that Microsoft sued Linux over patents, Linux would counter-sue Windows over patents.

There would be no point in customers seeking refuge in Microsoft software, because Microsoft software will be in as much strife as Linux. In fact, due to the suit and counter-suits, it may even reach the absurd situation that no-one in the US is allowed to run any software through court injunctions.

As soon as it reached that point, there would be a political solution. The US would be forced into a position of "no software patnets" to stop the insanity.

At the end of that process, Microsoft will have lost a whole heap of goodwill and money, and it will still not have stopped Linux.

Ergo, Microsoft will not sue Linux over patents.

Edited 2007-10-10 02:09

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RE[5]: Show 'em
by Brendan on Wed 10th Oct 2007 05:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Show 'em"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

As soon as it reached that point, there would be a political solution. The US would be forced into a position of "no software patnets" to stop the insanity.

Usually, if things get that bad both sides agree to give up and settle out of court - patent waivers; possibly with some cash going one way or the other, and usually with no admissions from either side (followed by both sides trying to pretend they won).

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