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In the meantime, with Microsoft seemingly barred from striking pacts with distributors, only one avenue appears open to it: paying more friendly visits to its Fortune 500 customers, seeking direct licenses.
If push comes to shove, would Microsoft sue its customers for royalties, the way the record industry has?
"That's not a bridge we've crossed," says CEO Ballmer, "and not a bridge I want to cross today on the phone with you."
Right from the mouth of Steve Ballmer - Microsoft contemplates suing individual end users of Linux.
I doubt they can find anything in the kernel that could be considered infringing on MS IP
Actually they are in fact making the claim that the Linux kernel itself contains numerous patent violations.
It's all a big FUD campaign and they know it wouldn't actually hold up in court, which is why they refuse to publicly list the actual violations. They're worried about the growing competition from Linux and are doing whatever they can to scare companies away from using it.
Although Microsoft is starting from a greater height, I see SCO's fate being passed on to them before long. I suspect that Gates foresaw this as well (he's no dummy) and it was probably one of the factors that led to his retirement, where he can enjoy his money and philanthropic activities, while disassociating himself with Microsoft's decline.
Distribution: Slackware & Slamd64. What else is there?
Let's hope this is really two sides of the same coin. UNIX wanted to sue Linux because Linux was too UNIX-like. Microslag is claiming that Linux stole Windows code or IP or whatever. Using the transitive property that means Unix is too Windows-like (not a good case here fellas since UNIX was around whilst Billy Bob was still soiling his nappies) and Windows is too UNIX-like.
If we could only get SCO and Microslag to sue each other out of existence we might really be onto something
It's also funny that Microslag originally came out saying that Linux was an untrustworthy pile of bugs and now they're touting the high-quality. When you start lying habitually you end up making an arse of your corporate selves. Whatever happened to competing on technology and features (and even price if you must)? When it gets to the point that you start suing people and companies as a marketing strategy and your R&D program is floating ridiculous FUD in the press and seeing how much you can get away with, you know the end is near.
read this first http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortu...n=money_latest
now when SCO was about to go under it sued IBM
now M$ wants to extort ( and has done so ) money from linux users
Is this the kind of thing a healthly company dose ?
look at what is going on in the IT world
dell has to keep selling XP because no one want's vis-stool
linux is displacing windbloz on government computers all around the world
they have run out of ways to upgrade there top selling software productes
they have no place to grow no new markets
so as a last ditch effort to keep up there income they are extorting money from free software users