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Should Open Source Fear Microsoft Patents?

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So Microsoft is waving the patent stick. Again. Is there any substance to his latest claims about open source and Microsoft's patents? Somehow, that part got lost in the hyped-up coverage of his latest threats.

This publication and many others published Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's comments when he once again claimed that somehow Linux users, in this case Red Hat Linux users, owed Microsoft over potential intellectual property infringement.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Regular readers of my work on know that Ballmer's accusation is not new. Yet even though the threat isn't new and neither are the implicit accusations of patent infringement, Ballmer still gets the headlines.

Should Open Source users fear Microsoft's patent-fighting words this time?

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