Linux OS Infringes on Microsoft’s Intellectual Property
According to an article written by Eric Lai at Computerworld.com, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes that the open-source Linux Operating System “uses our intellectual property” and Microsoft wants to “get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation.”
“I guess Ballmer figures if he can’t eliminate Linux, he can ‘blackmail’ his way into owning a piece (or pieces) of it. Seems I recall a problem with Linux/Unix sometime back, and Microsoft had duplicated the code so closely that they had the same problem in Windows. I guess this “intellectual property” idea only flows one way in Microsoft’s world. God knows they haven’t benefited in any way from anyone else’s work.”
Of course this falls on the heels of the November 2 deal involving an agreement by Novell and Microsoft to improve the interoperability of their competing software products.
Back in June 2001, Steve Ballmer declared that “Linux is a cancer”.
Ubuntu forum members are clearly not pleased with Microsoft.
Hopefully, this will cause more people to realize what Microsoft really is and seek alternate Operating Systems.