In a discussion organised with free and open source people, Brad Smith continues its FUD spreading, wants to tax RedHat. The only solution for Microsoft to tax linux is software patents. Microsoft wants to render GPL free software non-free. The message is clear.
The FLV recording is 1 hour long, for those people who have time, that would be interesting to have a complete transcript.
Microsoft still believes in innovation with patents, probably because they can exclude competitors:
OK. So, thought about giving a free lunch to all those Linux afficionados?
"It's not something you'll likely hear in the near feature or probably [never… I couldn't hear that properly]… And primarily for 2 reasons. We actually do believe that patents do promote innovation. That's why we apply for them and a lot of companies in our industry apply for them. People assert there patents against us all the time. I don't think there are many companies in the industry that pay as much money as we do per year to licensing patents. We have a lot of money and I don't expect anybody to feel sympathy… A lot of companies that we hear from are sometimes companies that have a mix model. They maybe doing some proprietary products they maybe doing some open source products. I don't know of any company in our kind of position when it gets those kinds of demand from other companies that is prepare to say "We know that you're basing your future on this, we'll give you a free pass but you're not going to give us anything in return".
Microsoft needs to be sued more often, because in their current position they still believe too much in a patent system where no software developer has ever used a patent to write a computer program.