Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 18, 2006 06:47 AM
Oh, I would gather that MS DOES have patent claims on Linux. After all, Linux proponents have ALREADY come up with 20 or so MS patents that they are "wary of". With projects as large as a full Linux distibution, I would bet that a distro violates hundreds of patents from dozens of companies.
Question is, will MS just keep threatening, or actually start lawsuits? If they sue, will IBM step in and blast away at MS with it's own warchest of patents?
It's one thing to rattle swords, and another to start lopping heads off. If MS really does start causing major problems, I would bet that the EU gets REALLY tough, and even the DOJ may get some balls.