Ballmer Threatens Linux and Open Source with Patents Again

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Here we go again. At a Microsoft partner meeting in London, Ballmer said Linux open source violates Microsoft patents and intellectual property.

At a small meeting of Web 2.0 developers and partners on Oct. 1 at Microsoft's London office, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once more attacked Linux and open source for violating Microsoft's patents.

The meeting was a Microsoft-sponsored event: the UK Microsoft Startup Accelerator Programme launch event called The Online Opportunity.

According to Lars Lindstedt, who heads up Microsoft's UK Software Economy and Emerging Business programme, "The intention was to bring together some of the UK's brightest developers, entrepreneurs and investors who are working in the Web 2.0 space."

In the meeting's question and answer session, Ballmer took shots at Google ("They read your mail, we don't. That's not pejorative, that's just a fact.") as well as Linux and open source.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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