Chris Mostek [opinions]
8/18/2007

Love and war: the Microsoft patent deals

fsmsh.com/2470 [software-patents] [microsoft]

Few events have created more fodder for the blogosphere, more fuel for Microsoft critics and more emotional responses than the Microsoft patent deals with Novell, Linspire and Xandros. While putting together a list of things people hate about these deals is easy, generating a list of positive aspects is much harder. So I tried to take a more balanced approach and put together a love/hate list about these deals.

The love list (or at least, “might like”):

The hate list

As easy as it is to pick sides or spin scenarios, only one thing is certain: This saga is far from complete. Only time will tell what happens with these specific agreements and with software patents in general.


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