This may sound like a teenage gripe, but I have to say it, people just don't understand the open source community! I read this article at Tech Central Station (wtf are they?) and they claim the same thing that all neophyte open source reporters claim, that Linux is inherently prone to intellectual property violations. Jesus, before any one prints anything more on Linux they should read the LKML. The fact is that no patch is accepted without a written statement that the IP in the patch is owed by the contributor. This is what is called due diligence and it is more than most companies probably do. I mean the only reason any one can make this idiotic claim is because they can see the source code to Linux. Sure many other innovative companies (aka Microsoft) may have millions of lines of copied code in there kernels, but no one can see those. Why don't these reporters research the actual development process, you don't even have to submit a patch, I am a lowly outsider and even I can see the deep consideration that Linus and the other developers have for IP when I read the LKML.