Bruce Perens: Analyzing Microsoft's Linux Lawsuit
Mar 02, 2009, 15:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"There are other striking features of this suit: the
technologies claimed in the 8 patents involved are so old and
obvious that it's fair to say they have a high "Duh!" factor.
There's an anti-trust angle to this suit that could blow up in
Microsoft's face. And there's a high probability that some or all
of the patents involved are invalid, due to recent court
"Is this a serious suit, or an effort to stir up fear,
uncertainty, and doubt about Linux at a critical time, when
government and industry is taking up Open Source in a big way?
TomTom has shallow pockets, relative to Microsoft, pockets that
have already been drained by other lawsuits. Will TomTom have to
settle and license regardless of the validity of Microsoft's patent
claims, rather than drop $10 or $20 million in defending
"Let's take a close look at what's happening."