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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This is exactly what we were afraid of.
Last month, when Microsoft (MSFT) sued Dutch GPS-maker TomTom on the principle that parts of Linux -- which form the guts of TomTom's device -- violate Microsoft's patents, we hoped for a quick settlement. Linux/open source advocacy on the Internet is something akin to a religious movement, and a Linux vs Microsoft fight over intellectual property is bound to get really ugly.
Well, it's on. TomTom, in a move we don't see the logic in, is now countersuing Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft's own Streets & Trips software infringes on TomTom's own patents.
Update: Cnet Coverage