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  • Ballmer Threatens Linux Patent Lawsuits - updated
    11/19/2004 7:00PM
    From "this is not good" department, an Article over at Slashdot (where else?):

    "Today Microsoft warned several Asian countries that using Linux could subject them to lawsuits, claiming that Linux violates '228 patents'. Apparently, Steve Ballmer believes he can enforce U.S. law in Asia."
    Ballmer is presumably speaking about this story. So, companies which sell insurance against lawsuits and companies which make competing products both warn of the dangers of using Linux. Maybe someone should point out that Microsoft is battling dozens of patent-infringement lawsuits itself, and any user of Microsoft software (including governments) could also be sued?

    In an update from seattlepi.com entitled

    Ballmer on Linux, part II

    Microsoft apparently tries to clarify the comments ...