or Admiral Akbar Applies.
At times like this, look for giant fish in Admiral's uniform, giving a warning.
Who would have thought it? Not content with signing with LOT Network, Microsoft has taken the next step in patent cuddling and joined the Open Invention Network. A month shy of its 14th birthday, the Open Invention Network (OIN) was obviously very happy to welcome the beast of Redmond, and 60,000 or so of its patents, into the …
No. It means that OIN can raise more money off the backs of others, from large corporations all the way to the little hobbyist.
While I truly do not read into this, some will think now that Microsoft had joined up, the financial motives of OIN might be more visible (but to me it's MS just trying to open doors top customers).
So many questions. One possibility--which boggles the mind--is that Microsoft might(?) have seen an advantage in gaining the OIN litigation protection for themselves. Wouldn't that be the strongest bottom-line justification? Is there a PR side to this? Do we have to be frenemies now?
That's what Twoface at Redmond's top echelons would like you to believe.
The other face is like:
So that filth ReactOS forks it over and comes a step closer to fully impersonating our Dear Windows?
(Of course somebody is going to be like:
root@localhost:~ # ssh email@example.com
The authenticity of the fingerprint of the .... verified. Do you want to connect? HELL YAAH!
firstname.lastname@example.org:~ # systemctl start reboot.target
I am confident what you consider a valid patent and the standard of the patents that are actually awarded are very different. The big problem with the EFF's stupid patent of the month is the thousands of thoroughly deserving patents granted each month that miss their chance of fame.
"Microsoft makes billions from extorting Android makers on their flimsy patents.".
Microsoft has over 200 patents infringed by Android of which a number were tested in court and Microsoft won out on almost every case so I don't see how their claims are in anyway "flimsy".
If you want to use someone else's patented technology its perfectly normal to have to pay for that. You might not like Microsoft but why should Google or its agents get to use Microsoft inventions for free?
Amazing that in North America the Windows CE based phones once had 20% + and Nokia was hardly known there yet #1 worldwide. Also that CE dominated PDAs.
I was baffled in 1999 when mostly installing MS and giving Linux training as to why Exchange was so popular.
For the last ten years I've wondered why people use MS SQL and IIS. Even earlier than that we had Apache web server, MySQL and PHP on Windows 2000 server. We moved to Linux Server when the Windows Update Server wasn't needed.
"why Exchange was so popular."
Easy - high functionality and integration together with one of the lowest TCOs. Exchange + Outlook really doesnt have much competition. Unless you count Notes and that was horrific to use and to manage.
"why people use MS SQL and IIS"
Well a way better security vulnerability record than a LAMP stack plus again far greater ease of use and integration would be a start. Hence why these days IIS has over 40% of all websites versus Apache on 22% according to Netcraft.
Not sure how accurate it is though I installed MS Xenix once. The SCO partner mentioned is not the same SCO as the recent troll.
Then in 1985 MS started partnership with IBM over OS/2. Later they pulled out and did MS OS/2 with Lan Manager for servers before doing first NT release, which was NT 3.1. Later MS bought in Services For Unix for NT which was later rebranded. So the current Linux subsystem option is nothing new.
Any sensible company keeps their options open.
I dumped all my remaining NT3.5x and NT4.0 technet, MSDN and MS Select resources this week.
Not sure how accurate it is"
It seems rather muddled. The thesis is that MS dropped Xenix because IBM went for MS-DOS on PCs so they didn't need it. Given that Xenix was a server OS and MS-DOS a client that's a non-sequitur. Xenix followed by SCO Openserver, often with an application package based on Informix was a mainstay of a lot of small businesses with either green-screens or PCs as terminals. Until MS started doing server versions of Windows the two were largely complementary.
Until MS started doing server versions of Windows the two were largely complementary.
Yes. Meanwhile, Xenix wasn't making MS a lot of money, and before Windows NT Microsoft was invested for a number of years in OS/2. Xenix simply wasn't a priority for them. I don't think there was anything more subtle than that going on.
This is the gotcha, it is not a fair swap, they are getting the Linux patents but not giving the Windows patents.
"Now, that's not all of Microsoft's 90,000-odd technology patents. It's keeping the ones that cover specifically Windows and other products."
In other words they're giving away their chaff for others wheat.
The Techrights view on this is here:
and the recent view on Microsoft joining LOT is here, too:
I think it is fair to say, it is not unalloyed enthusiasm.
Techrights point out that Microsoft have a history of selling patents to Non-Practising Entities, who then enforce them, and as the NPEs are not members of OIN, such patents will continue to be used in threatened and actual litigation. Also, Microsoft are not including the exFAT patents in the OIN deal.
Has anyone thought this might be less about Microsoft being friendly and more about loosing relevance in the IT world. Some previously low tech countries have matured quite quickly and now provide a real threat to having much much bigger competitors. And these said countries have had little to no respect for IP so even though MS might have been around longer they will get gobbled up by a bigger fish in the not too distant future. By putting all these patents up as open all of the sudden stops the value of stealing IP since anyone can do it and doesn't let the IP cash cow roll in cause you ain't gonna sue anyone for infringement since it is GPL.
Think about it this way, have you ever seen a movie where the "good" guy is trying to escape a pursuit from the "bad" guys and runs over to the fire alarm and pulls it... it all of the sudden causes confusion and everyone gets up so there is less chance of standing out.... It the patent world when you open source it then it all of the sudden allows many competitors to come out and play which causes "big fish" to preoccupied them self by the many fish that lay in front of it.... and will take out the "easy catch" or the "low hanging fruit" first.
This is a long term survival strategy.... and heck if they could just sell a Windows compatible UI that sits on Linux that would be the best thing for everyone I believe... heck I would even pay for it.... as long as their "let's do it for you" crap they have been implementing over the years can be turned off if wanted, you know so you can manually check things out and fix them (if you want, don't have to but if you can you will)
"if they could just sell a Windows compatible UI that sits on Linux that would be the best thing for everyone I believe"
You believe some strange things. MS have been progressively screwing up the Windows UI for the last several years. There are plenty who wouldn't consider it the best thing at all so scrap "everyone". .
hackernoon.com: "By joining OIN, Microsoft agrees not to use any of its 60,000 patents against other OIN participants for their use or distribution of ‘Linux System’ technologies."
"Microsoft’s participation in OIN does not limit Microsoft’s ability to assert its patents against technologies outside the ‘Linux System’ definition."
"Microsoft’s participation in OIN also does not limit Microsoft’s ability to assert its patents against non-OIN participants — even for use or distribution of a ‘Linux System’ package."
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