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[News] FAT/Ballmer Episode Not Over Yet, Zemlin Shoots

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Analysis: Microsoft-TomTom settlement is end of a battle, not the war

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| The Software Freedom Law Center, an organization focused on protecting 
| open-source and free software, said in a statement that the "settlement 
| between Microsoft and TomTom ends one phase of the community's response to 
| Microsoft patent aggression and begins another. On the basis of the 
| information we have, we have no reason to believe that TomTom's settlement 
| agreement with Microsoft violates the license on the kernel, Linux, or any 
| other free software used in its products. The settlement neither implies that 
| Microsoft patents are valid nor that TomTom's products were or are 
| infringing."        


On the TomTom settlement: Microsoft Rolls Back its “Open” Promises

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| Yesterday, Microsoft announced with a formal press release a settlement of a 
| nuisance patent case filed against a smaller company. Despite Microsoft’s 
| protestations to the contrary, the press release makes it clear that the 
| motivation behind this case was the fear, uncertainty and doubt Microsoft 
| hoped the suit would create around the use of Linux. Linux is, not 
| coincidentally, one of Microsoft’s strongest threats in the server, embedded 
| and desktop computing arenas as evidenced in recent remarks make by its CEO 
| Steve Ballmer.       
| But the settlement of this suit only proves two things. First, the software 
| patent system in the US needs reform. The need for reform stems from why 
| common functionality like this (which is neither innovative nor novel) was 
| granted a patent in the first place.   
| Second, it proves that, even apart from this larger issue, this case is a 
| non-event. The technology at the heart of this settlement is the FAT 
| filesystem. As acknowledged by Microsoft in the press release, this file 
| system is easily replaced with multiple technology alternatives. The Linux 
| Foundation is here to assist interested parties in the technical coordination 
| of removing the FAT filesystem from products that make use of it today.     



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.

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