Shuttleworth: Microsoft Not the Real Patent Threat
The founder of Ubuntu predicts that Microsoft and the Linux community could end up as allies rather than enemies when it comes to patent lawsuits. (Linux-Watch)In a May 21 blog entry, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth explained that when it comes to patents, he doesnt "think Microsoft is the real threat, and in fact, I think Microsoft and the Linux community will actually end up fighting on the same side of this issue." A week before this, Brad Smith, Microsofts general counsel, claimed that the Linux kernel violates 42 of Microsofts patents, while the Linux GUIs break another 65. In addition, the Open Office suite of programs infringes 45 more and an assortment of e-mail programs violate 15 others, the company said, while various other free and open-source programs allegedly transgress 68 more patents.
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