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Submission + - Torvalds Responds To Recent Linux Patent Claims.

Happy To Be Free writes: "Information Week response from Lead Kernel Developer Linus Torvalds on recent Microsoft allegations that Linux infringes on Microsoft patents. Torvalds states "It's certainly a lot more likely that Microsoft violates patents than Linux does. If the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies," he said. It is important to note that fundemental OS theory was done by IBM over fifty years ago, and that IBM probably owned thousands of really fundemental patents. So according to him, and many of us users, Microsoft should name the patents it claims have been violated so the claims can be tested in court or so open-source developers can rewrite code to avoid the violation all together. It is widely accepted that Microsoft would rather have Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt floating through the ether than name which patents, if any, are being infriged upon. In a parting shot Torvalds posed the question, "Don't you think that if Microsoft actually had some really foolproof patent, they'd just tell us and go, 'nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!'""

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