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Bullshit: Microsoft warns Asia of Linux lawsuits

A real load of crap from Microsoft via their private Media Conduit
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The "Enemy"
Microsoft warns Asia of Linux lawsuits
Ballmer claims open-source OS violates scores of patents
Updated: 7:51 p.m. ET Nov. 18, 2004

SINGAPORE - Microsoft Corp. warned Asian governments Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software.

The growing popularity of Linux -- an open-source software that is freely available on the Internet and easily modified by users -- is a threat to the global dominance of Microsoft's Windows.

Linux violates more than 228 patents, according to a recent report from a research group, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at the company's Asian Government Leaders Forum in Singapore. The Linux community disputes those allegations.

"Someday," Ballmer added, "for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property."

The Open Source Risk Management Group said earlier this year that potential intellectual property claims against Linux could expose users to unexpected claims that might result in lawsuits.

Software developer SCO Group Inc., which claims that Linux is based on its Unix software, is suing companies including International Business Machines Corp..

Singapore's Ministry of Defense last month switched 20,000 personal computers to run on open-source software instead of the Microsoft operating platform.

(MSNBC is a Microsoft - NBC joint venture.)

Other governments in the region are also looking to use more open-source software. China, Japan and South Korea this year agreed to jointly develop applications running on Linux.

At a conference in Milan later on Thursday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates avoided a direct answer when asked whether he was worried about competition from Linux.

"In the market where Microsoft is, there's a lot of competition," he said. "We compete with Unix and we're doing very well because the Windows (market) share has increased every year. It's out there; it's something we compete against."

The Chinese government, in particular, sees its reliance on Microsoft as a potential threat.

Conspiracy buffs believe certain patches in the Windows code might give U.S. authorities the power to access Chinese networks and disable them, possibly during a war over Taiwan.

Ballmer said the security fears some governments had about using Microsoft software were overblown.

"We think our software is far more secure than open-source software. It is more secure because we stand behind it, we fixed it, because we built it. Nobody ever knows who built open-source software," he added.

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Humpty Dumpty 21.Nov.2004 10:00

has fallen

and not even the WTO can put him back together again. Time that the open source community launches some slapp suits for all the open source software Microsoft has stolen and called it's own...and SCO did not create unix, AT&T did.

Repurcussions for the WTO 21.Nov.2004 10:16

Antinomias Vermont

For a very good and brief ananlysis of how Steve "Monkey Boy" Ballmer's actions concerning Open Source software could affect the assholes at the WTO, check out:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/19/microsoft_wto_winning_without_firing/


Insults Bulls 21.Nov.2004 11:09

A Bull

"SINGAPORE - Microsoft Corp. warned Asian governments Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software."

Microsource is about to get its ass kicked. MS is BS on this, watch.

more of the same 21.Nov.2004 16:58

from the redmond mafia

Contrary to the superficial mythology surrounding Microsoft, the Gates family was already rich long before little Billy decided he liked computers better than girls. And it made its money in law, not electronics. Microsoft has only ever made progress through cleverly written contracts. Every single one of its products was either a result of an outright corporate acquisition or else a cheap rip-off of the previously dominant product in its market. MS-DOS was both -- purchased as a complete package from some other company, which itself was just selling a pathetic imitation of CP/M.

Linux worse anyway 21.Nov.2004 17:57

Mark McCarron http://www.gieis.uni.cc

Think about this:

Every major PC manufacturer is looking to boost profits, yet, they are prepared to waste billions on the Windows operating system, were a partnership would have provided a free OS for all.

Makes more business sense, don't you think?

That is, until you grasp that Microsoft, has quite obviously intimidated, manipulated the global free economy, manipulated the press, stolen from clients/competitors and eliminated competition through carving up the market with the assistance of 'so-called' competitors and the full and active participation of the US government.

All acts of treason.

The Bush administration has bankrupted the US, and thus a genocidal campaign against the muslim community is used as a distraction for the main stream media and used as emotional patriotic blackmail to bolster support for acts of international armed robbery.

The message from the Bush admistration to the US people is:

'Serve your country...give your child's head as a sacrafice to the great Commander Cash, scum of the Universe and his quest to steal, mame and murder men, woman and children,

Do your part to create one of the many rivers of blood, from butchered and raped little kids.

Help build the American Dream, all it takes, is for you to do nothing, sit back like a happy flag waving moron and the Bush administration, will ensure, your child's horrific and caught on camera, for those special moments in life.'

Not to worry, Bush is not going anywhere and about the shock of his existence when he is arrested.

He still cannot see it coming.


Use linux 09.Dec.2004 08:30

Larry

What gets me is that I know alot of people who whould never drink Starbucks coffee or shop at Walmart but have no problem using Windows. Linux isn't just free as in cost, it's also free as in speech. Anyone is free to modify or add to it. Some people say that it's too hard to use, but that's just because they have a huge time-investment in Windows like people have a huge time investment in Consumer Culture. If you can get someone who knows what they're doing to install linux for you (and it will run on just about any PC that runs Windows) it's actually easirer to use and more consistent. And you'll never have to par for software again or worry about viruses or adware/spyware.