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Antitrust Memo Shows How Microsoft Patent Encumbrances Are Used to Harm GNU/Linu

Apr 15, 2009, 20:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

[ Thanks to Roy Schestowitz for this link. ]

"Microsoft is using codec tax (Microsoft-encumbered codecs like those found in Silverlight) to elevate the cost of GNU/Linux, essentially through software patents. As TomTom showed, Microsoft uses FAT to market or advance embedded Windows and to tax those who use Linux. It's something to bear in mind when culling Mono out. Moreover, says this document from Microsoft:

"* eCDN/CDN/caching product vendors running on non-Windows platforms, such as Cisco (Linux) & NetApp (proprietary), currently pay Microsoft a royalty for licensing Windows Media protocols, allowing them to stream WM content in dedicated caching appliances (DCA) This royalty is roughly equivalent to the cost of Windows 2000 Server. Inktomi solutions run on Solaris and Linux, although they’re preparing to roll out a Windows-based solution."

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