[rescue] fwd: Microsoft demands royalties for open-source software
magnus at yonderway.com
Tue May 15 12:10:06 CDT 2007
Sandwich Maker wrote:
> anyone think these cases have serious merit, or is the deep-pockets
> just trying to bury the opposition with legal costs?
Considering IBM probably has a bigger patent portfolio than Microsoft,
and IBM has almost as many developers dedicated to producing F/OSS as
RHAT (and certainly more than Novell), I think this is just saber
rattling. If it came down to a fight, Microsoft would stand to lose
quite a lot.
They really don't understand F/OSS as a business rival. They don't know
how to compete against it, how to outmaneuver it. So I think all they
can do at this point is posture themselves and hope to scare some
customers away from the big F/OSS vendors. They certainly can't hope to
compete on the quality of their products.
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