Archive for November 19th, 2004

Microsoft warns Asian governments of Linux suits

<<Microsoft Corp. warned Asian governments on Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software.

Linux violates more than 228 patents, according to a recent report from a research group, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at the company’s Asian Government Leaders Forum in Singapore.

“Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property,” he added.>>

Why does this reminds me so much of StarWars’ “Trade Federation” and its secret leadership of the Sith?

I am all for keeping what’s yours, but when it comes to software at least, 99% of the patents out there are BOGUS. There *are* some algorithms/ideas patented that do deserve to be patented, but the large majority of them are trivialities that limit software people from writing the kind of software they want to write. That’s a bad thing for enterpeuneers and for further innovation.

I say “yes” to software patents, but I also say “no” to the large majority of the existing ones.

Anyways, I have explained myself better, here.