Microsoft IP Tax Makes Its Way to Linux

Microsoft has announced that they have come to a “patent agreement” with mobile phone maker HTC for their use of the open-source Android (Linux) OS. What’s more, Microsoft, under the agreement, will collect a royalty on each HTC Android device sold — a deal not even Google gets. I’ll be honest, the news a few months back that Amazon reached a similar “patent agreement” for its in-house built Kindle device, which (guess what?) runs Linux, bothered me quite a bit as well. However, Amazon in retrospect may have gotten a worse deal than HTC to gain immunity from Microsoft’s lawyers.

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