Is Microsoft Violating Some Patents Covering Open Source?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by GraB, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. GraB

    GraB Guest

    http://tinyurl.com/u3uub

    Could Microsoft products be in violation of some of the patents that
    cover Linux and open-source technologies, as many in the community
    believe?

    Microsoft is not admitting to any such thing, but it is also not
    ruling out the possibility that Windows may have infringed on patents
    held by Novell and others in the open-source community.

    There has been so much controversy about the deal and its implications
    that Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian released an open letter to the community
    Nov. 20 in which he rejected the notion that its recent agreement with
    Microsoft acknowledges that Linux infringes on the Redmond,
    Wash.-based software maker's intellectual property.

    . . . .
     
    GraB, Nov 22, 2006
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  2. GraB

    peterwn Guest

    GraB wrote:
    > http://tinyurl.com/u3uub
    >
    > Could Microsoft products be in violation of some of the patents that
    > cover Linux and open-source technologies, as many in the community
    > believe?
    >

    Very probably - and copyright infringements.

    The problem with closed source it is difficult to look for violations,
    whereas with open source the code is available for all to see.
     
    peterwn, Nov 22, 2006
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