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451 Group: Microsoft suing TomTom, not Linux, not open source
Posted Feb 28, 2009 21:46 UTC (Sat) by liljencrantz (subscriber, #28458)
I strongly suspect that the 451 group have not actually checked how much TomTom is customising the Linux kernel.
As to their conclusion, it seems unforgivably naive. If the lawsuit goes Microsofts way, we can be reasonably sure that they will go after more companies, and Canonical Red Hat and IBM won't be far away.
Posted Feb 28, 2009 21:53 UTC (Sat) by berndp (guest, #52035)
And ACK. Confirming the claims in court will motivate many companies - smaller and larger - to either not use Linux (to avoid moving into MSFTs firing line) or pay to not get sued by buying "licenses".
Posted Feb 28, 2009 23:43 UTC (Sat) by mgb (guest, #3226)
One can sue a thing. Such lawsuits are called "in rem". For example, one might sue some chunks of Linux source code.
One can also sue Does. For example, one might sue Linus Torvalds and Does 1 through 10,000,000,000.
IANAL TINLA YMMV YADAYADA
Posted Mar 1, 2009 0:28 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Mar 1, 2009 1:33 UTC (Sun) by mgb (guest, #3226)
I have no idea of the number of suable fictitious persons (e.g. corporations) so I added a few billion Does to bring the count up to a nice round number. One traditionally specifies more Does than one thinks one will need.
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