Microsoft, co-author of the Linux kernel
Posted Jul 15, 2011 23:20 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Microsoft, co-author of the Linux kernel
Parent article: Who wrote 3.0 - from two points of view
Isn't it a bit weird that Microsoft is simultaneously contributing code to the Linux kernel **and** claiming that it violates their patents?
Why? Because contributing code means you want to help Linux and claiming patent violation means you don't? I don't think it's that simple.
For one thing, Microsoft so far hasn't even prosecuted any of its patent claims. The main purpose for those claims seems to be to defend against insults against Microsoft of the form that a rag-tag bunch of people working for free put out something better than what the great Microsoft machine (or any other conventional software publisher) could make. The point of the claim is simply to say that Linux developers didn't do it alone.
Even if Microsoft were to sue over use of its patents in Linux, that wouldn't mean Microsoft doesn't like helping out Linux; only that it wants its fair share of the result.
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