Microsoft Corp. warned Asian governments on Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software.

The growing popularity of Linux -- an open-code software that is freely available on the Internet and easily modified by users -- is a threat to the global dominance of Microsoft's Windows.

Linux violates more than 228 patents, according to a recent report from a research group, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at the company's Asian Government Leaders Forum in Singapore.

"Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property," he added.

The rest of the report:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/biztech...eut/index.html


What a load. Microsoft violates patents left and right, and they pay for those patents in the end. Which brings up the cost of the OS...

If there were 228 patent violations, certainly linux would have already been sued by a majority of the patent holders...

And seeing as Linux is free, how can they blame the corporations using Linux? Wouldn't they go after the developer or distributions?

Very odd...