Linus Torvalds to Microsoft: put up or shut up

Soon after Microsoft's General Counsel claimed that free and open-source software (FOSS) -- a bundle of which related to Linux - violated precisely 235 of its patents, Linus Torvalds decided to fire back on behalf of the little guy. In an interview with InformationWeek, Mr. Torvalds retorted by suggesting that it is actually "a lot more likely that Microsoft violates patents than Linux does," and even noted that if "the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies." Of course, he backed his statements by stating that the "fundamental stuff was done about half a century ago and has long, long since lost any patent protection,".

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Lord Anubis4473d ago (Edited 4473d ago )


If they decide to sue Open Source then Sony, IBM and Red hat would counter.

"Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges that the Linux kernel violates 42 Microsoft patents, while its user interface and other design elements infringe on a further 65. is accused of infringing 45, along with 83 more in other free and open-source programs, according to Fortune.

Some big tech proponents of open source have been stockpiling intellectual property as part of the Open Invention Network, set up in 2005 by folks like Sony, Red Hat, IBM, NEC and Philips. The article surmises that if Microsoft were to go after open source, these companies' combined know-how might give it some patent weapons to go after Windows."

Marty83704473d ago

Microsoft see's how much of a threat open source is to it's software business. So it wants in. Screw Microsoft.

sumfood4u4473d ago

You have to clean up the mess!

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