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Re: Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux

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____/ 7 on Wednesday 21 Sep 2011 00:19 : \____

> Homer wrote:
>> Verily I say unto thee that Kari Laine spake thusly:
>>> On 09/20/2011 11:30 PM, Hardon wrote:
> <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/20/signs_deal_with_casio_for_undisclosed_sum/>
>>>> <quote>
>>>> In the latest news from the tech world's ongoing global hunt to find
>>>> someone to sue over/deal with on patents, Microsoft has signed a
>>>> licensing agreement with Casio.
>>>> The "broad, multiyear" contract, which neither party will put a price
>>>> to, will help protect Casio devices that use Linux. While Linux is
>>>> supposed to be open source, Microsoft has claimed since 2007 that
>>>> more than 235 of its patents are violated by the project.
>>> I can't believe that nothing can be done for this 235 number. At least
>>> they should disclose what patents are in question.
>> They can't, because the whole thing is bullshit, and if companies knew
>> the details of those claims, Microsoft would lose the only leverage it
>> has ... fear.
>> Take what happened when Barnes and Noble called Microsoft's bluff, and
>> refused to sign an NDA, before having the privilege of seeing the "IP"
>> it supposedly "infringed", only to find a bunch of irrelevant patents,
>> which are a matter of public record anyway.
> All the licensing they shamefully thieve from Android customers doesn't
> pay for the mountains of money they loose on their search operations.
> Bong! May be they should search for their lost mountains of money.

Google has started striking back with Motorola patents. Is this why there
has been inaction on the Android front?

>> These "deals" have nothing to do with Linux. They're about ActiveSync,
>> FAT long filename support and some unspecified aspect of Samba. That's
>> it. But because Microsoft forces its victims to sign NDAs, they cannot
>> disclose that fact, which leaves Microsoft with the opportunity to FUD
>> Linux with bogus claims, and allows Ballmer to sneer about his victims
>> supposedly agreeing with those bogus claims.

FAT patents are already worked around (Tridge's patch), AFAIK.

>> One of these days Microsoft's racket is going to split wide open, then
>> we'll see if that fat prick Ballmer is still sneering.

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