Wow. I’ve been in the IT industry for over ten years and one of the things I’ve learned is that strong companies compete and weak companies sue.
Microsoft’s sabre rattling over possible patent violations in Linux and other open source software is incredible because of what it says about Microsoft. If they thought they could beat open source by building a better mousetrap, they would. But they can’t. And their standard tactic of buying the competition just won’t work here.
So instead, they’re threatening open source users with patent lawsuits. Amazing. It makes me think they are in more of a panic than anyone thought. And, to be honest, it’s not surprising.