Patents, and Microsoft FUD

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:48 pm by blog

I was reading a story on the Microsoft/Novell deal, where microsoft were stating that linux violates several patents, and threatening anyone using a distribution other than novell’s.

So far, they have not shown any of the patents linux is supposed to violate, nor have they showed parts of linux code which they believe to violate patents. Now, why is this? If microsoft were concerned with protecting their patents, would they not disclose them and have the matters addressed?

More likely, they have no real claim and are merely trying to scare people out of running linux, because after all scaring people away from the competition is cheaper than making your product better.

More interesting however, is that microsoft products do definitely violate patents. This is not just FUD, they have been found to be violating patents in court, for instance the recent Eolas case.

However, most countries simply don’t need to worry about software patents, as software patents are only valid in a small number of countries anyway.

So in short:

Linux might violate patents, microsoft claims but has shown no proof.

Windows does violate patents, proven in court.

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