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Wired: Bracing for MS Patent Suit Attack

Nov 14, 2002, 16:00 (45 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"Hackers like Jeremy Allison would rather pore over source code than legal documents, but the recent Microsoft antitrust settlement decision has the Samba leader thinking about lawsuits. Patent lawsuits.

"The open-source developer fears that, having settled its long-running antitrust suit, Microsoft will now become more aggressive in competing with open-source software. And for Samba--software that allows Windows machines to read files on Linux servers--as well as other open-source projects that compete with Microsoft's products, that may mean dealing with patent lawsuits.

"'Now that the government has given the green light to an aggressive monopoly, the gloves have been taken off and they can do what they want,' Allison said..."

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