Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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say what
by fran on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:48 UTC
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

i'm all confused now.
almost like seeing Lex Luther helping an old lady cross the street.
This is really messing up my stereotypes.

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RE: say what
by anevilyak on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:53 in reply to "say what"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

That's quite possibly the most awesome analogy I've read all week.

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RE: say what
by Delgarde on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:54 in reply to "say what"
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2008-08-19

If it makes you feel better, imagine the old lady is a hostage. Because Microsoft *isn't* doing this to be nice and community-minded - they're doing it to ensure compatibility with their HyperV products. They obviously believe that even if people are going to run Linux servers, MS can still make money if those servers are VMs on top of a MS virtualisation infrastructure.

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RE[2]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Sun 17th Jul 2011 22:44 in reply to "RE: say what"
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2009-08-18

Because Microsoft *isn't* doing this to be nice and community-minded - they're doing it to ensure compatibility with their HyperV products. They obviously believe that even if people are going to run Linux servers, MS can still make money if those servers are VMs on top of a MS virtualisation infrastructure.


How is this any different than Redhat and Oracle contributing patches? Their motivations are selfish as well.

Edited 2011-07-17 22:45 UTC

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RE: say what
by ronaldst on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:59 in reply to "say what"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

i'm all confused now.
almost like seeing Lex Luther helping an old lady cross the street.
This is really messing up my stereotypes.

Or a better analogy in this case: normal people contributing to the church of Scientology.

I prefer interoperability so it's all good. ;)

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RE: say what
by somebody on Mon 18th Jul 2011 12:18 in reply to "say what"
somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

i'm all confused now.
almost like seeing Lex Luther helping an old lady cross the street.
This is really messing up my stereotypes.


well, if that old lady would be vital for his plan... why not? same with microsoft and kernel contributions. those are meant to help them either selling their clients in virtual environments or their servers as hypervisors for linux.

what would be strange with that? i'd be surprised if contributions would be in form of some hardware driver. but it would be same kinda strange as if intel would publish optimization fixes for amd drivers

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