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Groklaw: A Brave New Modular World--Another MS Patent Application

Jan 31, 2007, 16:45 (7 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"The patent is not interesting for its technical content--all the building blocks of the described system have been used for some time now--but for the glimpse it offers into the business model envisaged by the applicant. Therefore, I shall not delve into whether the patent should be granted at all in this discussion.

"The application relates to a method of delivery of operating systems where one initially obtains a very basic operating system (for example, one that can do little more than display a web browser restricted to one site or domain) and thereafter is presented with the option to select (and purchase) additional functionality..."

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