[CLUG-chat] Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

Doug Falconer doug.falconer at gmail.com
Fri Nov 17 12:54:35 SAST 2006


It is unlikely that much of Microsoft's patent arsenal would stand up
in court due to prior art or lack of originality and novelty. The US
Patent Office has granted thousands of patents it should not have.

So Microsoft probably doesn't want to test its claim that GNU/Linux
infringes any Microsoft patents.

Instead it wants to spread Fear Uncertainty and Doubt among corporate
Chief Information Officers.

*Microsoft Linux FUD time line*
1997: Its not a threat
1999: Its not very powerful
2001: Its not very nice
2002: Its not Legal 1.0 (aka SCO sues IBM, et al)
2006: Its not Legal 2.0

But there is every reason to believe that OSS (and GNU/Linux in
particular) will survive. It has never relied on corporates for its
survival.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,
then you win" Mohandas - "Mahatma" Gandhi.


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