Microsoft Claims Its Intellectual Property is Used In Linux

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says users of Red Hat Linux should pay Microsoft for patented intellectual property supposedly contained in the open-source OS. The company has made no specific claims as to what portions of the Linux distro violate what patents. I feel the same way as Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation: Microsoft will only create more ill will in the Linux community, and in their own users’, until they specifically state what patents are being infringed, and provide proof. The fact that Ballmer simply says Microsoft patents are infringed will likely only further irritate customers who feel that the software giant’s patent controls are already too stringent. It also makes for a kind of greedy-sounding statement.


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