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Microsoft, Linux, patents, and tweets

Microsoft recently joined the Linux Foundation while still asserting its patents against the rest of the membership. As I found that odd, I tweeted some casually-calculated statistics about Microsoftâ??s patent revenues that seemed to me to simply be the aggregation of common knowledge. But maybe not – at least two respondents asked me to substantiate the figures. Having struck a nerve, this post is by way of explanation.

I, too, find it odd that Microsoft is now a ‘higher’ member of the Linux Foundation than, say, Red Hat, yet it still asserts its patents against various companies using Linux. It just doesn’t sit right.

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