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Microsoft Puts Toe In Patent War With Linux

Microsoft made a loud accusation, putting out a claim that Linux and other free/open source software violates 235 of its patents. Microsoft claims that open source coders have been violating its patents for years, causing a firestorm of criticism as Linux advocates fear another SCO-style lawsuit war.

OSS advocates really shouldn’t worry too much. Microsoft’s most important current corporate philosophy is that developers are the key to their success, that if they court enough developers Windows will succeeed, and they’d never risk the fallout of attacking so many small devs. Also, Microsoft’s said this before, saying about three years ago the same thing about Linux violating their patents, and they never acted on that to the extent people are worried about.

Robert McLaws has some good arguments against fears of a Microsoft patent firestorm, including that Microsoft has explicitly said that lawsuits would not serve its goals.

May 15th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Linux | one comment

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  1. It may be a toe they’re putting in, but it’s a bloody stump they’ll pull back.

    Comment by Richard Chapman | May 15, 2007

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