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Linux snaps after Mircosoft accusation

Linus Torvalds, the lead developer of Linux, has reacted angrily to claims by Microsoft that his software violates its patents. Torvalds said that the Volish claims should be tested in court to prevent the Vole from undermining confidence in the operating system. According to Information Week, Torvalds says that Vole should name the patents it alleges have been violated so the claims can be tested in court.

He said that it was a lot more likely that Windows violates patents than Linux does. If the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies Torvalds claimed.

He said that basic operating system theory was pretty much done by the end of the 1960s and most of the ‘fundamental’ patents” were owned by IBM and has long since lost any patent protection.

He said that naming the patents Linux is supposed to break would make it either clear that Linux isn’t infringing at all or would make it possible to avoid infringing by coding around whatever silly thing they claim.

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