Torvalds attacks Microsoft over open source

Microsoft is spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt among open source users, Linus Torvalds said in an interview published last week.

The software giant is falling short with its technology and, because it cannot win against open source on price, it is trying to encourage inertia in the IT industry, the creator of the Linux operating system said.

Microsoft has been at the centre of considerable controversy over the last 12 months, mainly ;arising from its statements on open source and its technology partnerships with a range of Linux distributors.

Microsoft has claimed that open source software violates 235 of its patents, but says it will not sue open source users at the moment. It is this type of claim which angers Torvalds.,39044164,62030790,00.htm