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Casio Paying Microsoft To Use Linux 262

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-never-get-rid-of-the-dane dept.
theodp writes "Will Tux be a rainmaker for Microsoft? GeekWire reports that Microsoft has struck a deal with Casio to provide Casio's customers with coverage for their use of Linux in Casio devices. The agreement, which calls for Microsoft to receive payments of an undisclosed amount, is an implicit acknowledgment of Microsoft's longstanding claims that Linux violates its patents, an assertion that members of the open-source community have long disputed."
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Casio Paying Microsoft To Use Linux

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  • by gweilo8888 (921799) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @05:42PM (#37461690)
    "The agreement, which calls for Microsoft to receive payments of an undisclosed amount, is an implicit acknowledgment of Microsoft's longstanding claims that Linux violates its patents, an assertion that members of the open-source community have long disputed."

    That is, I will grant you, possible. However, it's equally possible that Casio's signing is nothing of the kind, and rather is an acknowledgement that Microsoft's lawyers would be willing to drag a case out for long enough that it's simply cheaper to sign on the dotted line, and have the class bully go pick on somebody else.
  • Re:Microsoft (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Osgeld (1900440) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @08:53PM (#37463394)

    simple, here is what happened

    I had a excellent karma then I vowed to slay an apple fanboi while still logged in but all post were made as AC, it still killed my karma (It was bad, it might be satin by now)

    SO! lesson learned if your going to start a hissy with someone while posting as AC, be sure to log out first

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