Why Microsoft Rattles The Patent Saber
Nov 28, 2007, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)
"It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties
and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the
Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does
Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time
reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux
kernel development process.
"Imagine you're Microsoft and you've spent years struggling to
get Windows Server 2008 out the door and will be struggling
afterward to add server virtualization? Then along comes Linus
Torvalds and his merry band and they add KVM to the Linux kernel
over the course of a few months, release a new kernel for review
every 2-3 months, and attract thousands of developers interested in
the new features..."