13 Mar 2004 haruspex   » (Journeyer)

The mysterious M. Anderer surfaces, accidentally (?) revealing the anti-Linux master plan:

In a world where there are $500 million dollar patent infringement lawsuits imposed on OS companies (although this is not completely settled yet), how would somebody like Red Hat compete when 6 months ago they only had $80-$90 million in cash? At that point they could not even afford to settle a fraction of a single judgment without devastating their shareholders. I suspect Microsoft may have 50 or more of these lawsuits in the queue. All of them are not asking for hundreds of millions, but most would be large enough to ruin anything but the largest companies. ...

I think the dispute with SCO would have been settled a long time ago if everybody knew this was the last one. The problem is there will probably be hundreds or even thousands of these disputes in the future and the targets will be the companies with the deepest pockets.

More, as usual, at Groklaw - don't forget to donate if you can.

This is the kind of attack that the GPL is proof against - RMS foresaw all this - and that's why it has not succeeded in the 20 years since the FSF has been around, and will not succeed today.

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