Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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Why so scared of Microsoft?
by John.Gustafsson on Sun 14th Oct 2007 18:19 UTC
John.Gustafsson
Member since:
2005-08-08

Sure, they are big, sure you don't like their products, sure they are a large company and act like many other large companies, but they produce software. Software. That isn't that threatening. There are even alternatives, and their grip on the market is slowly slipping.

What you should be worrying about is companies like Blackwater, Haliburton, etc. They are far more scary than some patent lawyers.

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RE: Why so scared of Microsoft?
by wirespot on Sun 14th Oct 2007 21:50 in reply to "Why so scared of Microsoft?"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

If their grip is slipping it's because people stood up to them. You have to do that, stand up, not sit aside and say "it seems to be going well after all" or "it's only software".

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