Monday, May 14, 2007

Microsoft claims Linux violates 235 patents

Microsoft is making their first step against Linux as they say that Linux violates 235+ patents. Microsoft wants to collect royalties from all Linux users for the patents that they allegedly violate through their use of the software. Still, nothing has been proven to be in violation.

The way I see this, Microsoft is trying to compensate for their lack of Vista sales by begging for money. I would expect that if this were to go to court, half of the patents would be thrown out as obvious. Others still would likely be ignored because Linux used the technology prior to the filing. This would only leave a few to fight over. But here is an interesting quote from the article:
The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents.
How is it that if Linux is stealing from Microsoft, that they are so much better? Linux is a much more stable platform than Windows. The only thing that Microsoft has going for them is their marketshare, pocketbook, and not much else.

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