Tech News on ZDNet has a pretty authoritative article on Microsoft’s sudden decision that Open Source software like any Linux distro and Open Office. Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me, especially since Linux has been around forever and its just now getting uber popular. Its a money grab for royalties now that Linux and Open source is becoming popular. I say fuck em and I hope they lose and that whoever they are suing countersues for something like defamation of character or something that would bite Micro$oft in the ass.
Here’s what ZDNet says:
Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents
Microsoft claims that free and open-source software violates 235 of its patents, according to a magazine report published Sunday.
In an interview with Fortune, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges that the Linux kernel violates 42 Microsoft patents, while its user interface and other design elements infringe on a further 65. OpenOffice.org is accused of infringing 45, along with 83 more in other free and open-source programs, according to Fortune.
What a bunch of crap. Why don’t they go ahead and sue Apple while they’re at it!! Talk about a bunch of money grubbing monopolistic bastards.
I have a little message for the folks over at Microsoft:
Now piss off!!
I really hope Dell starts selling linux boxes by the millions, like they keep hinting at, and that the whole world abandons Mircosoft as soon as humanly possible. Those fucking shitwads, fuck em.
Have a nice day!