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Groklaw reports that "IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas."

The article further investigates the implicit link between this lawsuit and Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's recent statements, bringing forward evidence of two Microsoft employees crossing over to the Acacia, of whom IP Innovation firm is a subsidiary and therefore concluding: "So much for being Microsoft's little buddy".

Microsoft itself is the surprise winner of the FFII's "Kayak Prize 2007", offered by the FFII in its NO-OOXML call for rejection of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) standards proposal. The software monopolist is honored as "Best Campaigner against OOXML Standardization".


This article is one of the nicest collections of all the things that are wrong about Microsoft, its monopoly and proprietary software in general. It also points out that the $810 million dollar fine by the European Union to Microsoft is nothing to Microsoft and that those who can really hurt their monopoly are the people, us, the masses, by starting to make the right choices.

It is a very simple and genuine appeal to all computer users.

People power can come down mighty hard on Microsoft.

"Computers in the European Union should be sold without a bundled operating system, according to this submission to the European Commission. It says that the bundling of Microsoft Windows with computers is not in the public interest, and prevents meaningful competition in the operating system market."

"Operating systems, it says, are not a natural monopoly, requiring just one supplier. Instead, in a competitive market, there would be a broad compatibility between different supplier’s products." -- Read more

"Microsoft Corp. has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization.

The proposal must now be revised to take into account the negative comments made during the voting process." -- Read more

Here is some apt poetry for this occasion, courtesy of Charles H. Schulz. Smiling