"I've asked this before, but why should a customer care about IP
assurance? IP indemnification is a vendor issue, just like ensuring
environmental rules or workplace safety regulations are being
adhered to. It's a disgrace that vendors have made indemnification
a customer concern.
"'Last year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer implied that users of
Linux distributions from vendors other than those with which it has
patent deals--the list also includes Xandros and Linspire--could be
hearing from the company. 'We've spent a lot of money licensing
patents,' Ballmer said...'"