Microsoft claims that free software violates 235 of its patents

by on May 14, 2007 · 9 comments· LAST UPDATED May 14, 2007

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Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you and me, maybe the next. WTF?

Go sue me. We hosts and run more than 5000 Linux server and we are not going to pay you a single penny. At least several hundred of our own server runs Microsoft server operating system and other software. Are you going to sue your own customers? Great news! Microsoft load balance its own website using Linux based solution.

Let me tell you simple truth - we buy Linux and open source because of quality and reliability. Everyone has right to buy the BEST software. Money comes next. If you sue us, it is going to be another SCO kind of *flop* show…

My guess is Microsoft is quite upset because of latest Dell move to supply Ubuntu pre installed on its Desktop and Laptops. What do you think? Please add your thoughts in the comments!

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1 Hrafn May 14, 2007 at 10:20 am

Alike, that is so. They a long ago declare about the great number of violations of their patents, but never gave concrete information about violations.

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2 cybernout May 14, 2007 at 3:19 pm

Please remind us of how many patents micro soft itself violates? Let them first pay the EU and all other law suits they still have to pay, if they have no pending payments to make , and they are totally
innocent, then they can come back and make an real claim. For now they are the dirty party!
We all know our history lessons.

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3 raj May 14, 2007 at 4:43 pm

microsoft is out of mind, plz show us proof e’nuf said…

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4 Rodolfo Pilas May 15, 2007 at 5:42 am

‘software patents’ are a joke.

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5 jmansion May 15, 2007 at 12:13 pm

> we are not going to pay

Huh? *If* they come after you and *if* they win, then you *will* pay.

Of course, its not clear that they will come after you OR that they would win, but rest assured that whether or not you pay will not be determined by your desire not to pay. What a strange thing to have said.

What’s more, as a business, you’ll keep running those Windows servers – if its what your customers want.

Let’s be realistic. This is a battle that needs to be fought – but it needs to be fought fairly, on all sides. If Microsoft have gone the mile to acquire the patent portfolio and doing so is encouraged by the economic environment (and it is, so far as I can tell) then it is entirely reasonable for them to monetise their investment.
They didn’t make the rules – but they can play by the rules that are there. That’s fair.

Hopefully, it will cause the US PTO (and others) to fundamentally review policy and do more to ensure that patents are only granted where significant non-obvious research has taken place.

Precisely how to establish that, is a very big question indeed.

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6 nixCraft May 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

>Huh? *If* they come after you and *if* they win, then you *will* pay.
Ok I agree I was little upset… we are reading about this issue and no proof given so far… Sure law gives them power to sue manufacturer as well as user.

Yes software patents sucks. I’m old school guy and I see this as *extortion* ;)

Hopefully, it will cause the US PTO (and others) to fundamentally review policy and do more to ensure that patents are only granted where significant non-obvious research has taken place.
I agree with you and government really needs to review policy to stop this kind of abuse.

Appreciate your post.

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7 Mike Leftin May 15, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Microsoft is not a God. They are a company that is worried because more and more people are sick and tired of buying a new license for their operating systems every 5 years and getting the same old thing. They are worried because people can now download a new operating system, change it if they want to, or add to it, if they want to. Linux is a system for a free society. A society in which people can write their own code and not have to worry if big brother is watching. Bill Gates should be ashamed of himself for letting his company press this issue. Wasn’t he the one that stole the very idea of Windows from Steve Jobs and his Mac computer system. A little advice to Bill Gates, tone down the rhetoric, Bill. Your company doesn’t own the world, stockholders own your company. Stockholders are people. If you annoy enough people you could have a war on your hands. Then who would buy Vista.

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8 Kumar May 16, 2007 at 11:43 am

If linux had really copied then those apsects of the OS wont work properly…we all now how bad M$’s code base is…

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9 Chisanga July 8, 2007 at 11:01 am

Microsft say about patent, but they are trying to violet the free software movement and none patent of software found in the open source movement by signing partnerships with linux vendors and distributors of linux. They know that they won’t competite with linux and many open source softwares. They should also be making the source codes available and became open sources.

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