Originally Posted by amd_hardsoftware
ok do you have a brain? i am assuming yes, even after that comment (yes im nice and forgiving), so lets use it now shall we??
ok, so M$ says that they have a patent on LINUX AND OTHER OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE ?!?!?!?!?!
do you know what linux is? do you know what open source software is? if you do, then think about it: even in the biased, stupid court how could that POSSIBLY be true? the creators of this software are not even REMOTELY related to M$...and there is NO way any record of M$ involvement in ANYTHING having to do with these open source softwares......if i go to court this will be in the next day's headlines:
Don't flame him. I doubt you even know what a PATENT is...
Even if MS doesn't have anything to do with open source or linux, if they have patents and copyrights on things that are being used by Linux "even if they did it first" then MS has the right to sue the developers. Sorry, but that's the way it works. Somebody shoulda done their homework making open source stuff and copyrighted the stuff for the community.
Let's say MS copyrighted "a menu opened by clicking a toolbar button on the desktop to open up a menu with a series of options to navigate the computer"...now I dono if that's what they have, but that would mean lots of distros of linux are guilty of breeching that. Dumb example, but there ARE copyrights and patents on things that stupid.