So if anyone should be paying Microsoft for Linux, and if anyone has everything to lose from a lawsuit, it's Google.
Yet Microsoft has said nothing about Google. Why?
Perhaps it's because the strength of Microsoft's claims have never been tested, and may be quite weak. Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has suggested, "It's certainly a lot more likely that Microsoft violates patents than Linux does."
Maybe Microsoft fears daylight shining on its Linux claims, a privilege that the Linux developers don't reserve for themselves, with 100 percent of the Linux code completely open for review (and modification if Microsoft could actually point to concrete violations in the code).
Why not pit its supposedly strong patent portfolio against IBM, Red Hat, Google, or someone else with significant skin in the Linux game?
Perhaps because Microsoft fears the response. Amazon, Microsoft's backdoor neighbor in Seattle, isn't going to fight tooth and nail to defend the integrity of Linux. But Google would. And so would Canonical (Ubuntu), Red Hat, IBM, etc.
Microsoft can't afford to take on a party with a big vested interest in Linux, just as it can't afford to sue the entire planet, which has moved to Linux en masse, from the U.S. government to every single company in the Fortune 500. Microsoft has lost the war. It's trying to pick up pennies at the edge of a few battles, and hoping to raise the price of Linux above $0.00.
"Microsoft has lost the war. It's trying to pick up pennies at the edge of a few battles, and hoping to raise the price of Linux above $0.00.". Malo su ga sada preterali ali stvarno dobro zvuci :)
Isto, kako to da amazon placa microsoft-u za koriscenje linux-a? Od kad je linux pripada microsoftovom IP? Zanimljivo....