Phrogger writes: " Lamlaw reports on what we as individuals can do to help unravel the patent licensing agreement between Microsoft and Novell/Xandros/Linspire. In short, ask Novell/Xandros/Linspire for the relevant patent numbers.
From the fine article:
"If you do not have a patent number, you do not have a patent. And if you do not provide the patent number neither can you sue someone for having violated it, You do not have one. The patent number is a key piece of information. So, your job if you accept it, is to ask those vendors you may otherwise be interested in to detail for you just which patents apply to which of their products. You know, like you pick up a device off of the table and low and behold there is a big number on the bottom, right? You want to see the number. They have to know the number, right? Otherwise, what are they selling? Snake oil?""
"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not
Compute' -- I forget which."
-- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982