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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RE: LOL
by Marcellus on Fri 12th Oct 2007 06:33 UTC in reply to "LOL"
Marcellus
Member since:
2005-08-26

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070424-apple-sued-over-vague...

They're already after Apple over the same patent, and it's currently unknown (AFAIK) if they plan to go after MS as well.

But since you're convinced MS is behind this, how about you provide any proof?

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RE[2]: LOL
by porcel on Fri 12th Oct 2007 13:51 in reply to "RE: LOL"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

IP Innovation, which is a subsidiary of the Acacia Research Corporation, develops no products of its own. Its only product is litigation.

Well, it turns out that Acacia's new vice president (as of July) and executive vice president (hired at the beginning of the month) were both formerly in management at Microsoft.

I know, it's just a coincidence, right?

I think not:

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141

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RE[2]: LOL
by dylansmrjones on Fri 12th Oct 2007 14:36 in reply to "RE: LOL"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

July 26, 2007 : Jonathan Taub (then Director of Strategic Alliances for the Mobile and Embedded Devices (MED) in Microsoft) joins Acacia Research Corporation as Vice President.

October 1, 2007 : Brad Brunell (former General Manager for Microsoft's Intellectual Property Licensing and former Senior Director with responsibility for digital media licensing (making deals with Disney and Time Warner) and setting up the DRM-patent licensing company known as Content Guard and he is also former Group Manager in Microsoft managing business groups responsible for Microsoft's DRM technologies) joins Acacia Research Technologies as Senior Vice President.

October 8, 2007 : It is reported that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, threatens Red Hat with patent lawsuits in the beginning of October 2007.

October 9, 2007: IP Innovation, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, sues Red Hat and Novell over a patent for implementing "sticky windows" on multiple workspaces.


Hmm... That pattern says everything.

They are not going after Microsoft. Microsoft does not have such a thing implemented, though the XP power toy is a possible target - except Microsoft controls the company completely.

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RE[3]: LOL
by Marcellus on Sat 13th Oct 2007 06:27 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL"
Marcellus Member since:
2005-08-26

Does it mean anything at all that MS people went to this company? No. But of course, you see MS "Men in Black" around every corner and can't comprehend the fact that execs do change companies now and then.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that someone would target Linux with a lawsuit such as the one against RH and Novell, eventually. Does that mean MS is behind it? No, but you take it as fact that MS are because Acacia took some people from MS.

Please just go to groklaw and slashdot and join people of your own caliber where you can pat yourselves on the backs with incoherent MS bashing.

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