Show us the code: right pew, wrong church

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Along the lines of early efforts to derail SCO's claims that Linux infringes Unix copyrights, a gentleman going by the moniker, "digduality" has decided to fight recent claims by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that Linux infringes on Microsoft patents, by launching ShowUsTheCode.com.

It sounds like a good idea; but unfortunately, it misses the point.

In Microsoft's latest FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) campaign -- make no mistake, that's exactly what this is -- Ballmer is not claiming that Linux contains any kind of Microsoft copyright violations. That was, at one time, SCO's claim, not Microsoft's.

In this assault on Linux, Ballmer is broadly hinting that Linux is infringing on Microsoft's enormous patent portfolio. And, when it comes to patents, there is no "code" to be shown.

That is part of the diabolic evil, as I see it, of the American patent system.

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