Ubuntu reaches out to embarrassed SuSE devs

grumpy grumpypenguin at qwest.net
Sun Nov 26 00:28:15 UTC 2006

On Saturday 25 November 2006 14:26, Ian Malone wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-11-25 at 13:53 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> >
> >
> > ----
> > directly quoted from the article...
> >
> > "My reaction is that so far, what he [Ballmer] said is just more FUD
> > [fear, uncertainty and doubt]," said Pamela Jones, editor of the
> > Groklaw.net blog, which tracks legal issues in the open-source
> > community. "Let him sue if he thinks he has a valid claim, and we'll see
> > how well his customers like it."
> >
> > Officials at Red Hat Inc., the leading Linux distributor, also dismissed
> > Ballmer's comments. "We do not believe there is a need for or basis for
> > the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft/Novell announcement,"
> > said Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel.
> >
> > This is simply Microsoft FUD - If you wish to buy into it, that's your
> > issue.
> >
> > It seems pretty obvious to me that the moment that Microsoft files suit
> > against some large corporate user for infringement (they aren't likely
> > to sue a Linux distribution), that they will alienate the entire
> > corporate world. A bully doesn't beat up on people to project
> > strength...a bully merely threatens. Let them threaten all that they
> > wish - who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
> Honestly, I'm beginning to believe that blatantly submarining like
> this should somehow be illegal (as in, invalidate their claim).  If
> they have a valid patent claim that they believe Linux violates they
> should announce it so people know where they stand, as it affects the
> end user as well as the distributor.  Surely the whole point of the
> patent system[1] is that people know what the holder has a claim on
> and can avoid using it if they don't want to.
> Vague threats like this are automatically FUD, if there's really
> something there the patent should have been published and they should
> be able to point to it.  Unless they go to court they don't have to
> tell you /how/ you're violating it, but if they think millions of
> people and companies are somehow violating a patent they should have
> the grace to say which one so we can make a choice.
> [1] In general; the silliness of software patents specifically aside.
> --
> imalone
It won't go anywhere because micro$ux would have to release their source code 
to prove infringement

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