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Interview with Linus Torvalds

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We can’t start without a question: does Linux infinge Microsoft patents?

As far as we know, the answer is a resounding “no”, and it’s all just MS trying to counter-act the fact that they have problems competing with Linux on a technical side by trying to spread FUD.

According to Mark Shuttleworth, the most important condition for Linux distributions is that they must remain free (free like free beer). He said: “It will be a failure if the world moves from paying for shrink-wrapped Windows to paying for shrink-wrapped Linux”. What do you think about?

Oh, absolutely. And I don’t see it happening. I do think that having companies work together (and that includes MS) is a good idea, but no, Linux itself is not about paying patent extortion money. In fact, the GPLv2 already requires that you can distribute it without any patent limitations.

And what do you think about GPL 3?

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