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Microsoft Says Free Software Violates 235 Patents

kevmo Re:The big fight LIVE! (1217 comments)

The article seemed old quotes mixed with the writers speculations, blended with a healthy helping of flamebait.

From TFA:

In 2003, Microsoft executives sat down to assess what the company should do with all those patents. ... [snip]

At the same time, Smith was having Microsoft's lawyers figure out how many of its patents were being infringed by free and open-source software. Gutierrez refuses to identify specific patents or explain how they're being infringed, lest FOSS advocates start filing challenges to them.

But he does break down the total number allegedly violated - 235 - into categories.

This REALLY sounds like the 235 number was disclosed in 2003, or at least counted in 2003. Later, the article mostly references the events surrounding the Novell/Microsoft patent deal. I didn't really see anything that smelled like news in that article.

Then again, this is /., where the word "Microsoft" is Pavlov's bell to many of the readers here so it's no surprise the story made the front page ;)

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