The fallout from Monday's vnunet story about Microsoft's latest threat against Red Hat Linux users was quite predictable. Most dismissed it as just another FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) attack. Rightfully so, it seems.
"People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us. There are plenty of other people who have also intellectual property. Every time an Eolas comes to Microsoft and says: 'Pay us,' I expect they eventually would like to go to the open source world. Getting an intellectual property interoperability framework between the two worlds I think is important."
The talking points aren't new, but Ballmer this time made the capital mistake of making a concrete threat against Red Hat. Previously he would targeted Linux or open source in general.
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