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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by Almafeta on Thu 21st Jul 2011 00:48 UTC
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In all the huff and puff and FUD over whether or not this can be used to yank Microsoft's property away from them, something important seems to be overlooked:

This was Microsoft making the submissions, not Microsoft hiring a third party to do it. That's distinctly different from even a few years ago, where Microsoft did all their Windows and Mac development in-house but hired third parties to do their *Nix work.

It's not a cataclysmic change ... but it's a sign that we may want to be alert to further developments in this diection.

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