"The trade press reported a lot of rumors this past week about
the chances for a patent protection pact between Red Hat and
Microsoft similar to the agreements Microsoft negotiated with
Novell, Xandros, and Linspire. Red Hat doesn't appear to be
interested in the least. Here's why.
"First, Red Hat disagrees with Microsoft's assertion that Linux
infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property. Spokesperson Leigh
Day pointed to a page outlining Red Hat's position on IP
infringement, and said, 'We continue to believe that open source
and the innovation it represents should not be subject to an
unsubstantiated tax that lacks transparency...'"