"Microsoft wants royalties for open-source software"

Gian Paolo Mureddu gmureddu at prodigy.net.mx
Tue May 15 19:49:15 UTC 2007

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If the so called "IP infringement" were true, and knowing the record
of Microsoft in regards to this, wouldn't they have sued Red Hat
already... like years ago? It is always the same case, some PR guy
from Microsoft (even if it is Ballmer himself) steps up and says
"Linux infringes on Microsoft's patents and IP" the genius (because it
is genius in a twisted kind of way) of this is that they will NEVER
tell which patents and /or other IP does Linux (as a whole) infringes.
They could even claim that it does infringe the multimedia patents for
their file formats, etc... But they also know that such programs
aren't installed by default, so it is only a smoke curtain to try and
stop people (corporations) from adopting Linux.... (I hate the
example, but it is much like the RIAA, menacing to sue individuals,
rather than those companies providing the software). I wonder if there
would be Class-Action suit against Microsoft over these claims and
then force them to either shut the heck up or show which patents does
"Linux" infringe. I live outside the US, so I couldn't possibly join
to the Class-Action (though I'd love to) and stop this nonsense once
and for all.
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