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Linux users challenge Microsoft to sue

"Me first" shout Linux 'patent infringers'

Some Linux and other open-source software users are inviting Microsoft to sue them.

The Linux and open-source users have put their names on a public wiki as a way of protesting Microsoft's recent claims that Linux and other open-source software infringe on at least 235 Microsoft patents. They've listed the open-source OSes and software they use, along with caustic comments.

"If you would like to invite a visit by Brad Smith, Microsoft's head litigator, please feel free to add your name here," according to the wiki, part of a blog by Digital Tipping Point, a video project centered around open-source software.

Microsoft maintains it has no immediate plans to sue, although it is encouraging companies to license its intellectual property. Open-source advocates on the list want Microsoft to prove that it has valid patent claims against Linux.

Microsoft has been evasive about details, saying broadly that the patents involve the Linux kernel and user interface; the OpenOffice productivity suite and other open-source applications, including email programs.

The list had more than 250 people on it as of Tuesday morning.


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