Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2007 21:38 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat Red Hat is taking a business-as-usual stance in the face of renewed rumblings from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer over the need for Red Hat Linux users to pay up. Ballmer has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft IP is found in Linux. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us," said Ballmer at a Microsoft event last week in London. But Red Hat itself has adopted a stance that keeps it above the Microsoft patent fray. "At this point, please reference our previous statements on this topic," said a Red Hat spokesman contacted Tuesday about Microsoft's statements on Red Hat Linux users. The spokesman pointed out a Red Hat blog posted "after the last FUD statements from Microsoft" in May, she said. Shuttleworth agrees.
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britbrian
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2005-07-06

From the article
"If Red Hat takes alarm and responds to the Microsoft assertions, it will fan the fears, uncertainty and doubt that Microsoft is hoping to exploit with its statements. As it adds 10,000 customers a quarter, Red Hat must concentrate on executing its own business strategy and not get distracted by the assertions of competitors, he added."
is the sense I was referring to.

However my main point was they are not getting goaded by Ballmer

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