May 31, 2007

Microsoft and the Open Source ‘Tar Baby’ [7:47 am]

Let’s see whether Microsoft can really do better than Brer Rabbit (or how long it will take to get the US Government to, once again, throw them into the “briar patch” with another toothless remedy): A fight Microsoft can’t win?pdf

Whatever its motives, Microsoft may be picking a fight it can’t win. Free-software advocates have challenged the company to specify which patents were being violated so open-source developers could write around them. And a group of high-tech companies with critical patents stands ready to defend Linux and bring its own claims of infringement against Windows.

More significantly, the battle raises questions about the value of software patents. [....]

Or, is it possible that Microsoft is forcing an issue to get the issue of software patents on the agenda? (earlier post)

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