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Microsoft Set to Attack Linux with Patents?

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Is Microsoft getting ready to attack Linux and open-source software with its patents? Florian Mueller, spokesperson for the European NoSoftwarePatents.com and a leading anti-patent activist, thinks that may be the case.

Mueller sees a recent Forbes interview with Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer as stopping just "short of announcing patent litigation against Linux."

In the interview, Ballmer said, "Well, I think there are experts who claim Linux violates our intellectual property. I'm not going to comment.

"But to the degree that that's the case, of course we owe it to our shareholders to have a strategy. And when there is something interesting to say, you'll be the first to hear it."

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