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Microsoft Pledges to Protect Linux and Open Source With Its Patents

In a move that would have seemed unfathomable a decade ago, Microsoft announced on Oct. 10 that it is joining the Open Invention Network and contributing 60,000 patents.

With the patent pledge, Microsoft is making its patents available to OIN members in a bid to help protect Linux against patent claims. Microsoft is positioning its move as part of its multiyear plan to support Linux and embrace the open-source ecosystem.