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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RE[3]: say what
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 02:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: say what"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

The microsoft patches only help lnux users that use Hyper VM a microsoft product.

The Redhat patches help anyone using Linux for a variety of purposes.

I think its good that Microsoft is working to make it easier to use linux when working with their software, but its not as good as just general purpose Linux work.

But, this is probably all the help one could expect Microsoft to give. And, how suspicious would developers be of Microsoft's code if they moved to more mainline kernel development? Would they be doing it for the good of the kernel, or to sabotage development by introducing code that looks good but leads to a dead end path?

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RE[4]: say what
by JPisini on Mon 18th Jul 2011 13:39 in reply to "RE[3]: say what"
JPisini Member since:
2006-01-24

The microsoft patches only help lnux users that use Hyper VM a microsoft product.

In a mixed environment this is not a bad thing. Would it be better if they helped out more and contributed to things that don't specifically benefit their customers yes it would, it is not going to happen and at least they are trying to fix bugs that affect users of their products.

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RE[4]: say what
by MollyC on Mon 18th Jul 2011 19:23 in reply to "RE[3]: say what"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Linux is RedHat's main product. Of course they'd contribute more code that affects more functionality than Microsoft would. Good grief.

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