Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE: Despicable.
by arpan on Fri 29th Oct 2010 05:29 UTC in reply to "Despicable. "
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I wouldn't count Lindows/Linspire as a casualty of MS smear campaign.

Microsoft sued Lindows and ended up having to pay them several million dollars!

Lindows ultimately failed because of poor business practices or inability to compete against free distros. Although with the cash the Microsoft ended up paying them, the founder probably didn't lose any money on the venture.

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