Friday, November 17, 2006

Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

November 16, 2006 (Computerworld) -- In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

It is rather ironic that the company most sued for IP infringement is now claiming Linux infringes on theirs. Further down in the article:

Jones (Pamela Jones, editor of the blog) also challenged Ballmer to "put his money where his mouth is" and detail exactly what part of the Linux kernel source code allegedly infringes upon Microsoft patents, so that "folks will strip out the code and work around it or prove his patent invalid."

Ballmer did not provide details during his comments today. But he was adamant that Linux users, apart from those using SUSE, are taking advantage of Microsoft innovation, and that someone -- either Linux vendors or users -- would eventually have to pay up

This is sounding a lot like the SCO v. IBM case.

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