Microsoft: Free Software Violates Patents!

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in CyberNet, Microsoft, Open Source

Microsoft must be losing lots of money to free software such as Linux and, as they are now whining that “Free Software Violates 235 Patents”:

The Linux kernel – the deepest layer of the free operating system, which interacts most directly with the computer hardware – violates 42 Microsoft patents. The Linux graphical user interfaces – essentially, the way design elements like menus and toolbars are set up – run afoul of another 65, he claims. The Open Office suite of programs, which is analogous to Microsoft Office, infringes 45 more. E-mail programs infringe 15, while other assorted FOSS programs allegedly transgress 68.

I am curious as to how many anti-trust laws Microsoft is violating!

News Source: CyberNet News 

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