Various responses to Microsoft/Novell
Posted Nov 5, 2006 22:15 UTC (Sun) by gfranken
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Yes, Ballmer's comments are being quoted and cross-posted on many Linux
sites. And they send a chill down my spine.
One person a few comments back said:
"by no means will Microsoft wield a software patent against a competitor
until software patents are approved in Europe. Somehow I would like them
to attack right now, because that would make software patents way more
likely to be defeated here in the EC for good."
I'm not so confident that Microsoft will wait. And if Microsoft, a US
company, sues Red Hat, a US company, is it really sure thing that such a
patent-based lawsuit would serve to defeat software patents in the EC?
I rarely push the panic button, but this time, I view this Novell/SUSE
deal as Microsoft's first positioning toward a ferocious battle to come.
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