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Re: Micros*ft deal

On Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 03:25:32PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> If Microsoft promises not to sue us, our mirror operators, and or end
> users, for no compensation except a joint press release (we haven't
> got much more we can offer anyway), it would be very stupid to reject
> such a deal.

A joint press release amounts to legitimation of their maffia-style
attacks.  This is an extremely high cost for our community.  You may think
it's a cost worth of paying, but please do at least show some respect for
those who disagree.

> Surely, it would legitimize Microsoft as a patent-owning
> software company, but I can't really think this is particularly
> relevant at this stage.  The business world doesn't see them as
> mobsters, and neither do most people in software (not anymore).

What is this perspective based on?  I was under the impression that they
were seen as mobsters more than ever before..

Robert Millan

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