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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
  Microsoft happier with the FUD
Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims

Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux kernel, has a sharp retort to Microsoft executives' statements in a Fortune magazine article that Linux and other open-source code violate 235 Microsoft patents.

"It's certainly a lot more likely that Microsoft violates patents than Linux does," said Torvalds, holder of the Linux trademark. If the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies, said Torvalds. [..]

Microsoft should name the patents that it claims have been violated so the claims can be tested in court or so open-source developers can rewrite code to avoid the violation, Torvalds wrote. [..]

"So the whole, 'We have a list and we're not telling you,' itself should tell you something," Torvalds said of Microsoft's stance in the Fortune story. And for good measure, he added: "Don't you think that if Microsoft actually had some really foolproof patent, they'd just tell us and go, 'nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!'" -- [InformationWeek]


 
Comments:
Hah! CRUMMY MICROSOFT!

those guys never have enough, do they?

btw i finally found what i've been looking for all this time:

KNOPPIX! i like it so much already!

how are you dear? how's everything? your health?
take care now, you're a strong lady, no worries!
 
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