Microsoft warns of Linux lawsuits

By Derek Sooman on November 18, 2004, 2:00 PM
It doesn't take a genius to work out that Linux is a threat to Microsoft on a number of levels. OK, maybe itís not going to be the main desktop OS of choice any time soon, but there are several OS markets, and Linux threatens Microsoft on many of them. The solution? Well, in Microsoft's view the solution amounts to scare tactics.

"Microsoft warned Asian governments on Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software."

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer warned that Linux violates 228 patents, and that the Asian governments were opening themselves up to the risk of legal action if they used it.

"Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property." - Steve Ballmer.

This is well in line with the Microsoft tactic of using the legal system to shut down open-source software. The transgressions of which Microsoft speak are still alleged, and are disputed by the open-source community.

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Didou said:
With the recent news of Novell documents showing they still retained the Unix copyright, I wonder where the current SCO vs The World case is.
Per Hansson said:
You would not happen to have a link to back that claim Didou?I had not heard about that before...
Phantasm66 said:
This is a lot of complete and utter nonsense. I work for a large organisation and we are migrating our Solaris systems to Linux, which includes our production as well as development servers. There is no way my company would be doing that if it had not had every kind of expert check it out first, including getting legal verification. This is scaremongering and rubbish.It smacks of total desperation because Microsoft have little or no presence in the enterprise server market that matters. Linux is much better positioned in my opinion to take over that same market than Microsoft are. They know this too, which is why they are doing what they are doing. And most of Asia hates Microsoft anyway, the Chinese certainly do, who pirate Windows like crazy and run Linux a lot as well. [Edited by Phantasm66 on 2004-11-19 12:07:15]
Didou said:
Here's the Slashdot article -> [url][/ur
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