[linux-elitists] Microsoft is now quoting numbers of infringements.

Timothy Tuck tek@pervasivenetwerks.com
Sun May 13 16:43:14 PDT 2007

While the press will spin this thousands of different ways, at least now 
(assuming any of it is real) developers are on their way to finding out how 
many different pieces of code need to be reworked to make these idiots shut 

Here is the list they are giving. I am just copying the relevant section 
directly out of the article with a link to the original article at the 

But he does break down the total number allegedly violated - 235 - into 
categories. He says that the Linux kernel - the deepest layer of the free 
operating system, which interacts most directly with the computer hardware - 
violates 42 Microsoft patents. The Linux graphical user interfaces - 
essentially, the way design elements like menus and toolbars are set up - run 
afoul of another 65, he claims. The Open Office suite of programs, which is 
analogous to Microsoft Office, infringes 45 more. E-mail programs infringe 
15, while other assorted FOSS programs allegedly transgress 68.

Timothy N. Tuck
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