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What is in those Microsoft Linux patent agreements?

Apr 30, 2010, 13:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)

"The first is the idea that Microsoft is trying to surround Linux with patent claims, place a stranglehold on Linux, and control open source. The second is that this is all part of the "great game" among the big tech powers, wheels within wheels mere mortals could never understand. The third is that Microsoft wants to end the era of patent suits — as was done with Amazon so with Android.

"But I want to look at a different question today. Why are so many smart companies signing up with these agreements? What is in them?

"Microsoft has always kept a proprietary no comment on these deals, and non-disclosure is a condition on the other side as well."

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