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 SEJeff on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Show 'em"
SEJeff
Member since:
2005-11-05

Yes, but do you realize how many companies using Linux are also using windows? What if it backfires and those companies go whole hog Linux?

FUD is a double edged sword, and if ballmer doesn't quiet down he is going to have to swallow it.

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RE[5]: Show 'em
by lemur2 on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Show 'em"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

FUD is a double edged sword, and if ballmer doesn't quiet down he is going to have to swallow it.


Considering the near-monopoly position of Microsoft, and that the fact that Microsoft has been found in breach of anti-trust provisions more than once in the past, if Microsoft goes after Linux with some feeble patents such as the extended filenames for FAT patent and other similar trivia, then Microsoft will be looking at charges of patent abuse in retailiation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_misuse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law#Prohibited...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_Antitrust_Act

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