Microsoft’s Extortion of Linux Distros

Wow, Microsoft has some huge brass ones!

Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

Ballmer never expresses, so far as I can find, what Microsoft “intellectual property” Linux users are using in violation of copyright. Just the ability to use an operating system to run a PC?!

His statement:

“Only customers that use SUSE have paid properly for intellectual property from Microsoft,” he said. “We are willing to do a deal with Red Hat and other Linux distributors.” The deal with SUSE Linux “is not exclusive,” Ballmer added.

amounts to nothing more than extortion!

UPDATE: Some readers’ comments from Computer World.