Over at cnet, Matt Asay examines the patent deal between Brother and Microsoft
. Given that Microsoft doesn't make printers or even printer drivers, the Brother deal is puzzling. "Slowly, behind the scenes, Microsoft continues to try to portray Linux as risky and Microsoft's patent coverage as insurance. Given that the company selling the insurance is also the one threatening a lawsuit, however, Microsoft needs to step very carefully to avoid the 'extortionist' label. I personally believe that it has already crossed the line and needs to get back to competition between products, not lawyers.
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