Using Linux Lead to Intellectual Property Lawsuits?
In recent weeks Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer
Steve Ballmer made several statements warning the Asian government
of the potential intellectual property lawsuits they could
be susceptible to if they were to choose a rival open source
operating platform to run government computers. Noting that
the architecture behind the Linux kernel violated more the
228 patents, Ballmer claimed that expensive lawsuits and additional
licensing fees may haunt them in the future.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, Ballmer could not provide any
details on those allegations and a few days later, the software
giant recanted Ballmer’s initial statement saying that
it was taking out of context and was not a “Microsoft
warning” but a warning from a report done by the Open
Source Risk Management group. As revealed later, it was actually
Ballmer who took information from the OSRM report out of context.
The truth is unlike Windows there has never been a single
open source application has been found to infringe on intellectual
property rights. Microsoft is currently facing nearly 35 court
actions with the most recent costing them well over $2 billion
in restitution. These suits include a patent infringement
in Internet Explorer, digital restriction management violations,
and an anti-trust suit brought upon by Sun Microsystems.
So why would Microsoft go through all this trouble to be
publicly proved wrong yet again? It is my estimation, and
that of many industry experts, that this was a strategically
designed public relations maneuver in direct response to the
overwhelming adoption of Linux in Asia and brought fourth
to strike fear in the hearts (or more importantly the wallets)
of those interested in switching from Windows to Linux. In
reality, it is Microsoft who just may be running scared. Observing
their dominance of the software market dramatically dwindling,
Microsoft chooses to scare users with false accusations rather
then continuing to compete with Linux on the grounds of quality,
security, and price. The idea is to alarm customers with an
initial statement in hopes that they will not pursue substantiation
of the facts. Microsoft’s unfounded statements and incessant
back peddling demonstrates a lack of responsibility to the
consumer and is continued proof of the corporation’s
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