Ballmer's newest statements re: Red Hat and patents

simo simo.sorce at
Wed Oct 10 13:53:02 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 12:50 +0200, Carsten Agger wrote:
> Do any of you see something new - as in, some action actually
> threatened, or signs of a "stepping up" - in Steve Ballmer's most
> recent statements?
> To me it seems that by pointing a finger directly a Red Hat the effect
> of scaring business away from FOSS becomes more specific - and, in a
> way, more pointed that previously. Now it's not so much "there are
> some patents but we're not telling which" but rather "there are some
> patents and we're not telling which, but people using those products
> are going to have to pay up."
> But is there any real harm done by it - except for the FUD? Or is the
> main harm done by such statements perhaps to Microsoft itself?

Given that Red Hat has a real indemnification program (that covers also
patent claims) it seem pure FUD to me.


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