Angles with dirty faces
"Google's Android contains legal landmines for developers and device manufacturers". This just sounds like a lawyer drumming up business. He would say that.
"Rivals are indeed attacking Linux and open source." MS has been dishing the same Linux FUD for 10 years. It came to nought, but you can't blame them for trying. It's happening again with Android.
Zemlin is right. Patent litigation is clearly an issue in the technology industry. Everybody is violating everybody else's patents. Part of the reason lies in the ease with which patents can be granted under US law. A patent can apply to almost anything. For example, having icons appear in drop-down menus. Nothing is too trivial, and it can be patented almost immediately.
As a result, MS, which accuses Linux of patent violation, is itself probably violating thousands of "patents", as is Apple and the other big players. For the most part, they are reluctant to take action because nobody, except the lawyer above, wants an all-out patent war.