Microsoft: Can’t Build a Quality Product? Resort to Government-backed Extortion!

Microsoft is finally throwing down the gauntlet. Apparently, they’re now saying that Linux violates hundreds of software patents:

But now there’s a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it’s being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft’s patents. And as a mature company facing unfavorable market trends and fearsome competitors like Google , Microsoft is pulling no punches: It wants royalties. If the company gets its way, free software won’t be free anymore

Let me get this straight. Microsoft couldn’t win in the free market so they’re using a limited government monopoly to force corporations to show them the money.

Do they really want to initiate the patent armageddon? Oracle, IBM, SUN, etc have a lot more patents than Microsoft does – all of whom have a strong vested interest in defending Linux.

We’ve had patent peace to date only because of a mutually assured destruction among all players. You sue me and we’ll countersue.

The hidden secret in the valley is that most corporations like Microsoft are in violation of hundreds/thousands of patents owned by other companies like Sun. The only thing preventing a huge lawsuit war is the fact that the countersuits would yield no profit.

Microsoft is bluffing.

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