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How GNU/Linux Gets Contaminated with Software Patents from the Back Door

Feb 20, 2008, 01:45 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

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"As history has taught us, Microsoft finds it too risky to attack GNU/Linux directly. It would be too transparent and probably result in backlash from Microsoft's own customers, many of whom also use and/or stock Free software. Microsoft prefers to use proxies and insiders to do their seemingly-independent jobs that accomplish long-term objectives.

"Examples include SCO (via BayStar), Andy Tanenbaum (via a book author), Acacia and its sister 'patent firms' which comprise former Microsoft employees, Novell which gently spews out software patent FUD to market itself, and folks from Ximian who plant 'time bombs' in the heart of GNU/Linux desktop environments (slowly propagating from one to another). This last element among the whole will be the subject of this one particular post, which may otherwise become too broad..."

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