Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Quick Post - Samsung vs MS

Refer to this article

More or less, the article is just another article on this now stupid mobile patent war between Microsoft, Samsung (Google?), and Apple. It seems MS have settled an agreement with Samsung on it's patents and Samsung will pay MS for every Android system it sells.

No one really knows how much MS will be handed per phone sold, but there's just 1 small point that annoyed the hell out of me.

Microsoft is on a winning streak with this strategy. Casio and numerous other companies that use Linux in their hardware have paid off rather than face a Microsoft lawsuit. While Microsoft has claimed for years that Linux violates over 200 of the company’s patents, Microsoft has also never said what these patents were.

First, Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation, points out that you need to keep in mind that, “Patent licensing agreements are done every day in this industry. Unfortunately, this is business as usual. It’s not surprising that in these cases, in particular, one of the parties is choosing to publicize them.” In other words, it’s business as usual, but in the interest of anti-Linux FUD, Microsoft wants to frighten companies.

As a tech reporter and just cause I have an Android, I like to know things, I want to get the facts and not the bull MS seem to give everyone, stop dancing round the questions MS and just answer them for fuck sakes. Well anyway just quickly to my point.

MS are more than happy to sue companies using Linux for patent infringement but wont tell us what these patents are? it seems MS can't man up when people actually want information on the subject; way to go MS, another nail in your coffin - no wonder everyone hates you.

That is all.

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