Amazon becomes the latest company using Linux to pay Microsoft for patent deal

Not surprisingly, the wording of the February 22 announcement by Microsoft regarding its latest IP licensing deal doesn’t claim Amazon or Linux infringing (or even potentially infringing) on any Microsoft patents. Microsoft execs learned their lesson about doing that after CEO Steve Ballmer’s remarks contradicted claims by Novell execs in a patent-licensing arrangement a few years ago. — right around the time Microsoft officials said free and open-source software violated 235 Microsoft patents.

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