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Microsoft Wants it All



1:32 am on May 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Are you kidding me?!?

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe.

Microsoft takes on the free world [money.cnn.com]

Do they really want to go down this road? If they start ticking off the whole open source world with stunts like this...

[edited by: Bluesplinter at 1:34 am (utc) on May 14, 2007]

[edited by: bill at 2:05 am (utc) on May 14, 2007]
[edit reason] tidying up [/edit]


9:15 am on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is pretty common in any business. Redmond is getting a little uncomfortable about Linux so they choose to take some legal action.

It is not very surprising as it has happened before, companies like Apple, IBM, Intel and Sun have all been taking legal actions against patent violations. If the open source community wants to be a major player they should get used to this kind of stuff.


3:37 am on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I just read something from Wired today about the need for patent reform. The gist is that software should be protected by copyright and not patents.

They also had some rants against the process of patening everything in sight and then using that later for lawsuits as well as venue shopping for patent cases.

I remember a couple of years back M$ was going to start yearly licensing of software instead of the current purchase arrangement. IOW, you would have to pay a yearly fee instead of buying something like office or server 2003 and using it till it no longer works. I was an IT director for a college at the time and Academia started looking seriously at open source. M$ dropped the plan when people started seriously looking at linux and perhaps going to MACs.



5:09 am on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>Are you kidding me?!?

No, MS intends to tie you up in legal bondages for years!

No one can win or lose such a case, they just get drawn into the legal battle....which is exactly where MS wants them to be ;)


5:17 am on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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MS is not going on right road , there utmost attention should be doing there exact bussiness

Are these big corporates Microsoft or Google having full fledged Law departments? , every day they are facing suits or filing suits .


12:29 am on Jun 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Xandros Linux signs up for Microsoft patent protection [vnunet.com]

Microsoft has unveiled a partnership with Linux vendor Xandros that mimics the controversial Novell deal.

Microsoft will provide Xandros users with a patent covenant that protect users of the software from intellectual property claims. Microsoft will provide the patent license directly to the end user, which allows it to circumvent patent licensing requirements in the General Public Licence (GPL) that governs Linux.

The two vendors furthermore said that they will collaborate to improve the interoperability between Xandros and Microsoft software for servers and systems management. Xandros also will join Microsoft in building tools that translate between the Open Document Format and Microsoft's Open XML document format.

I think this is more along the lines of what Microsoft was looking at rather than an all out attack on open source.


1:36 pm on Jun 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It makes sense to work for interoperability between MS products and Linux, both will benefit from it. A lot of people are running two operating systems Linux and Windows simply because there are applications you can't run in Linux, and Linux apps that doesn't work in Windows.


12:58 am on Jun 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Linspire Signs Deal with Microsoft [linspire.com]

In what ways will this agreement offer a "better" Linux experience?

Our collaboration with Microsoft will enable Linspire to bring strong, interoperable solutions to the market, as well as advance office document compatibility, instant messaging, and existing digital media programs. This agreement will offer several advantages to Linspire Linux users not found anywhere else, such as Windows Media 10 support, genuine Microsoft TrueType fonts, Microsoft patent coverage, improved interoperability with Microsoft Windows computers, and so on. (See the press release [linspire.com] for more specifics.) My hope is that this is just the beginning, and in the future we'll see even more collaboration and interoperability between Linux and Microsoft.


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