A COMPANY that makes Linux-based networking gear has made a deal with Microsoft rather than go to court over patents that the Vole says it owns.
According to Information Week Melco will pay an undisclosed amount to Microsoft in exchange for indemnity coverage for its Buffalo brand of network attached storage (NAS) devices and routers. The deal also covers customers who have bought the products.
The announcement came from Microsoft, but it did not say what the patents were that it was arguing about. In the past the Vole has muttered that Linux violates its Windows patents and some Linux distributors signed deals to make sure that Steve Ballmer did not catch them in his ample briefs.
Melco has been a bit quiet too. When Information Week got on the blower, its spokespeople said the company plans to increase its use of Windows in its products while continuing to maintain open source components.
Hajim Nakai, a board member at Melco's Buffalo line said the company's cunning plan was to adopt Windows Storage Server for its NAS business, and stated "we also wanted to ensure that our open source and Linux-embedded devices had the appropriate IP protections."
He described the deal as collaborating with the Vole while also maintaining full compliance with the outfit's obligations under the GPLv2.
In other words this is not a case of Microsoft forcing another Linux business to bend to its will rather than fight an expensive court case. µ
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