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"Microsoft Hates Lawyers More Than Most Companies," Says Linus Torvalds

"Microsoft Hates Lawyers More Than Most Companies," Says Linus Torvalds

“I’m not that concerned about the threat of Microsoft enforcing patents against Linux," said Linus Torvalds recently in an interview.

"I think their mode of operation isn’t through the legal system. I think they hate lawyers more than most companies. They’ve been on the receiving end. Ballmer and Gates have pride in the fact that their competition may have tried to crush them with legal wars, but they overcame. I think they would have a hard time using legal tactics. They would be ashamed.”

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David 08/30/04 04:43:45 PM EDT

All those IP lawyers they have on staff aren't there just for show. When revenues become an issue, IP lawyers will come out of the woodwork as happened with SCO. I wouldn't be so trusting if it means they can control a market or make lots of money.