Sounds like Microsoft is going to war.
Looks like Microsoft is going head strong after the Linux and FOSS community. Microsoft has stated that Linux and the FOSS community has infringed on 235 patents that Microsoft owns. It appears that Microsoft won't inform the community which ones. I'd guess that they worry they won't be able to shut us down if we work around the patent issues. At the same time Microsoft has declared "The Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn't exist in 2007. ...". It appears that Microsoft doesn't understand what the community is. They do understand the business part of the community but fail to understand the rest of us. But it's doing it's best to make sure it attacks us in all directions. On the one hand they say we're irrelevant. On the other they seemed worried that we're a dangerous foe that must be destroyed. Either way there's a storm coming and it's going to be a big one. Microsoft is a control freak and it doesn't like that it's not in full control of everything PC even if it's not their own. They think this is their sand box and that we don't belong there. I hope that the community can stick together on this, what we lack in funds I hope we overcome by the collective ingenuity of the community and possibly other ways. The one thing we can fully expect is that Microsoft will continue to attack and they won't give up easily. They will use what they've learned from the SCO (their sacrificial lamb?) case and try to grind the community into the ground. They will use the court of public opinion, the media (they are the masters of FUD), Congress, the Senate and the courts. They will use their money to their advantage and to the consumers disadvantage. This is not to say that the community should be allowed to blatantly abuse valid (non-obvious) patents. The question is, what are these patents? Are they non-obvious? Are they valid? Microsoft wants reparations and wants the Open Source community to pay.