25 May 2007

Linux man says Microsoft screwed itself

"TOP LINUX GURU, Eben Moglen says that Microsoft's attempts to win patent suits against those using the open source OS will come unstuck thanks to the Vole's deal with Novell.

Microsoft says that Linux infringes more than 240 patents, and intends to start enforcing them, convincing users to cough up money. Earlier this year, Novell paid a wad of cash for 'vouchers' which would indemnify users of its SUSE Linux from action.

Here's the problem. These vouchers have no expiration date on them, meaning they can be used to indemnify a holder tomorrow or next year. But the GPL v3, scheduled to come into action later this year, includes a clause that extends a granted indemnity to one person to everyone else, too."

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