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Microsoft Letting Patents Move To Linux Firms 228

mnmlst notes a Wall Street Journal story (picked up at Total Telecom) on the move of some patents originally held by Microsoft to the Open Invention Network, where they will join a portfolio whose purpose is to inoculate open source companies against patent trolls. OIN is near a deal to buy 22 patents from another patent-protective group, Allied Security Trust, whose members include Verizon, Cisco, and HP. AST won the patents in a private auction Microsoft put on earlier. An AST executive says that "Microsoft presented the patents to potential bidders in its auction as relating to Linux." While OIN's acquisition of the patents will act to protect the Linux community, AST, by contrast, exists to protect only its corporate members, not the community as a whole. But by selling the patents to OIN, they are cooperating in the protection of Linux. And by allowing the patents to go to AST in the first place, Microsoft may (the article implies) be signaling at least their lack of active intent to disrupt the Linux marketplace.
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Microsoft Letting Patents Move To Linux Firms

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  • by node 3 ( 115640 ) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @01:39AM (#29362309)

    Not quite. Saving Apple was (presumably) to help stave off the anti-trust suits against Microsoft by preserving a weak but "potentially credible" competitor.

    There was no "save Apple" moment.

    When MS invested millions of dollars in Apple, Apple had billions of dollars in the bank. The investment was merely a part of a settlement between Apple and MS that ended the lawsuits Apple had against MS, and for Microsoft's part, they had to buy some Apple stock and promise to keep selling Office for a number of years.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @02:04AM (#29362431)

    Eh, Apple's "billions of dollars in the bank" was basically Enron accounting, and that was reflected in the stock price. The Microsoft "investment" provided a serious boost for Apple in their times of dire need, and there is no need to pathetically try to rewrite history.

    Unless you are one of those late 90s-era melon-headed downsies mac zealots who actually believed Apple was not in serious financial conditions. In that case a shithouse OS like MacOS 8 is exactly what you deserved.

  • by viralMeme ( 1461143 ) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @06:40AM (#29363693)
    'By understanding Microsoft's history of anticompetitive conduct [], developers, consumer groups, and government authorities will be better equipped to recognize current and future Microsoft misconduct at an early stage and intervene to prevent Microsoft from using tactics other than competition on the merits'
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @07:01AM (#29363779)

    Yeah it's if you publish an app through Group Policy.

    I've actually used it to install software on my personal computer, but that was pre Win-2K

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