[Linux4christians] OT: Is Microsoft going after Linux?
hpp3 at lavabit.com
Tue Mar 3 14:40:20 EST 2009
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 11:38, Raoul Snyman
> <raoul.snyman at saturnlaboratories.co.za> wrote:
>> On Tuesday 03 March 2009 07:20:37 Fred A. Miller wrote:
>>> Is Microsoft going after Linux?
>> No they are not.
>>> Richard Koman: Last week Microsoft filed suit against TomTom over
>>> patents that the open source community has long feared.
>> Microsoft sued TomTom over the fact that the TomTom devices can read FAT
>> devices, and didn't get a license from Microsoft for that. Microsoft is not
>> suing TomTom for using Linux, but for using their technology without a
> A capability they have because of a driver that is a part of the linux
> kernel. I would say they are going for a win against TomTom to use in
> a case against others who use the Linux Kernel as a part of their
I'll quote Jeremy Allison in his reply here:
about what all this will mean.
"What people are missing about this is the either/or choice that
Microsoft is giving Tom Tom.
It isn't a case of cross-license and everything is ok. If Tom Tom or any
other company cross licenses patents then by section 7 of GPLv2 (for the
Linux kernel) they lose the rights to redistribute the kernel *at all*.
Microsoft has been going around and doing these patent cross licensing
deals with companies under NDA's so they never come to light for *years*.
That was the whole point of the Novell deal - Microsoft lawyers finally
thought they'd found a way to *publicly* do these cross licensing deals
and get around the GPLv2, but the GPLv3 put paid to that.
Tom Tom are the first company to publicly refuse to engage in this ugly
little protection racket, and so they got sued. Had Tom Tom silently
agreed to violate the GPL, as so many others have, then we'd only hear
about a vague "patent cross licensing deal" just like the ones Microsoft
announces with other companies.
Make no mistake, this is intended to force Tom Tom to violate the GPL,
or change to Microsoft embedded software."
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