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Erik Funkenbusch

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Rob Hughes on Sunday 26 March 2006 16:10 many such patents, which Microsoft have been accumulating are ludicrous. ,---- Quote The FAT file system, a common...

No, but he does say "intellectual property". And as the author points out, this is a nice, vague term used to cover patents, copyrights, and trademarks (it also covers trade secrets, though the author doesn't mention that). So tell us Erik, how would linux violate anything "owned" by MS other than patents? Do you think covert linux operatives have been working as programmers at MS in order to pbutt trade secrets to the linux kernel team? Do you think the MS strategy that Ballmer thinks he owes his stock holders will be to sit and watch F-OSS developers violate MS patents without penalty?

Personally, I hope MS does launch a patent-based lawsuit against distributors and-or users. Once IBM and HP initiate suits against MS in retaliation, we would see, if not the end of MS, a much poorer MS. Compared to those two companies, the MS patent portfolio is likely little more than a bad joke, and would likely not serve MS well as a shield against either of those two companies.

Personally, I think every Justice that voted for software patentability in Diamond v. Diehr should've been taken out and whipped. It was stupid to the point of criminality not to see that companies would attempt to get government-granted monopolies on entire areas of software design through vaguely worded patent claims.

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On Sun, 26 Mar 2006 18:38:43 +0100, Roy Schestowitz Perhaps. But even Red Hat has been acquiring patents. You *HAVE* to...

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