EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

06.14.07

No Longer Vaporware: SueMe Linux

Posted in Action, Deals, FUD, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Linspire, Microsoft, OpenOffice, Patents, Samba, SueMe at 9:23 am by Shane Coyle

It’s like "Sue Me First, Microsoft", but you get a Word Processor too.

Well, as I had quipped earlier, my ruthless attempt to be the Microsoft of tech boycotts has continued thanks to the spineless acts of Linspire: so, please welcome BoycottLinspire.com to the fold.

In preparing to create a new EDU-Nix Dual Mode CD for the upcoming school year, I’ve been playing around with the latest generation of the Linux-Live scripts, and decided that our SueMe Linux distribution would be a fun diversion for testing with. What I want to do is include many of the Free Software projects that Microsoft has been disparaging with patent infringement allegations, along with as much anti-FUD information as possible.

One of the running jokes within SueMe will be "disclosing your balance sheet liabilities", and I want to maintain a table on the SueMe homepage that indicates exactly what vague and intimidating allegations Microsoft has made against various components of SueMe:

Included Software Alleged MS Patents Infringed
Linux Kernel 42
K Desktop Environment (GUI) 65
OpenOffice.org 45
Email 15
Wine, Samba, Others 68

What we need are suggestions and submissions for articles and artwork in order to make SueMe the Anti-FUD distro, as well as any other suggestions or improvements that we can think of. There is a barely functional alpha version of the CD available now, and the sources and such are FTP-ing up to the site now, all in the download folder.

So, feel free to grab it all and hack away. And, if you want, feel Free to make a donation to the FSF or EFF in lieu of an interoperability tax. Hopefully, we can convince Microsoft to either abandon their FUD campaign or finally state with specificity the alleged infringements so that we may assess and address them on a case-by-case basis.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

12 Comments

  1. Stephen said,

    June 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Gravatar

    Dude, you might want to consider setting up a paypal link to support your various boycottXXX sites! I’d hate to see you file for bankruptcy.

  2. akf said,

    June 15, 2007 at 5:56 am

    Gravatar

    Hey, aren’t you from Great Britain?
    I mean software-patents are afaik not valid in Europe anyway.
    So it cannot work…
    Or am I missing something?

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 15, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Gravatar

    @akf: Shane is from the US (New York), I’m from Great Britain. Still, momentum for adoption depends on the States and the ISO is making a statement.

  4. Shane Coyle said,

    June 15, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Gravatar

    Software patents aren’t valid here in the States either, you just would never know it due to the way U.S. corporations abuse the system.

  5. akf said,

    June 15, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Gravatar

    Well, I still think, it is dangerous.
    You should at least get in contact with the SFLC.
    http://www.softwarefreedom.org/about/contact/

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 15, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Gravatar

    > you just would never know it due
    > to the way U.S. corporations abuse the system.

    Well, I believe these have been tested in court. Sadly, there is precedence.

  7. Shane Coyle said,

    June 15, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Gravatar

    At one point, there were legal precedents here that stated that if someone were ‘black’ they hadn’t equal rights to those who were ‘white’, those didn’t hold up to scrutiny either.

    Basically, nothing is legal until the Supreme Court specifically says it is, and they haven’t been posed the question straight-on – are software patents legal? I have a feeling I know how Scalia feels, at least.

    Anyhow, as I have said, it’s not about willful infringement – when/if MS approaches me with a list of alleged patents, I will pull the ISO and immediately post the listing so that all may assess and address these issues, either by attacking the patent, working around it, licensing or (if necessary) refraining from use.

    Just stop the FUD, I can deal with the truth – no matter how ugly it is.

  8. akf said,

    June 15, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Gravatar

    I didn’t want to spread FUD. Even if you are sure to win in court, you still need a legal council if you want to go to court!

    And probably the SFLC can give you more information / texts or other material for your distribution… They know that matter better than anyone else…

  9. Shane Coyle said,

    June 15, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Gravatar

    True, and it should be noted that really SueMe contains no code that isn’t in many or most other distros, so there isn’t any greater risk of incurring the wrath of Microsoft than any other of the distros out there (except for the obnoxious name, which I suppose may draw attention from MS, but hey what I want is a fact-based, open dialog here).

    MS, let us Get the Facts.

  10. akf said,

    June 15, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Gravatar

    Okay, I just thought you wanted to challange them in court.
    But obviously I misunderstood that.

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 15, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Gravatar

    @akf: based on what the Linux Foundation said in their summit at Google’s headquarters, a challenge might be possible. The series of deals simply must end.

  12. shane coyle said,

    June 15, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Gravatar

    Okay, I just thought you wanted to challange[sic] them in court.
    But obviously I misunderstood that.

    I just hope MS doesn’t too, I like my house – it’s coming out well, I must say. When I bought it, it was near-condemnable and in 3 years I’ve transformed it into a real fixer-upper. One day, it may be "nice".

What Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: July 2nd – July 29th 2017

    Many IRC logs



  2. IRC Proceedings: June 4th – July 1st, 2017

    Many IRC logs



  3. IRC Proceedings: May 7th – June 3rd, 2017

    Many IRC logs



  4. IRC Proceedings: April 9th, 2017 – May 6th, 2017

    Many IRC logs



  5. Patent Scope Recognised as Essential For Patent Quality, But Software Patents Continue to be Granted

    Patents that are toothless, clawless lions are being accumulated by companies that should know various courts would scrutinise these enough to rule them invalid



  6. Litigation and Patenting Versus Research and Development

    reminder of who's 'stealing' jobs from engineers and who it is done for (who benefits from mass taxation rather than actual production)



  7. The Federal Circuit Has Become the Go-To Place For Patent Appeals Arising From USPTO Errors

    Patent appeals that come to CAFC as a result of bad Patent Office decisions now outnumber the appeals coming from district courts (an extraordinary situation)



  8. The Truly Odd Concept of Design Patents, Which the US Supreme Court Might Crush Very Soon

    The epidemic of shallow patents, which has already resulted in patents on mere designs, be soon end; but not before an unprecedented gold rush for such patents



  9. Quality of European Patents Has Sunk, Value Diminished

    The trouble associated with declining patent quality at the European Patent Office and early warnings about it from the staff union



  10. The Notorious 1-Click Buying Patent Expired Rather Than Invalidated

    As proof of the fact that many bogus patents (typically on software) are worthless but not invalidated, we now have Amazon's patents reaching their end of life



  11. PTAB Crushes Software Patents and Patent Extremists Are Not Happy About It

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), a legal facility which invalidates many software patents, still faces opposition from those who profit from software patents (not software developers)



  12. Software Patents and Patent Trolls Are Almost the Same Problem (Still)

    Apple just got sued again, Microsoft-connected patent trolls continue serial litigation against Microsoft's competitors, and a bike shop gets sued using software patents



  13. Links 20/8/2017: KStars 2.8.1, Fedora Design Interns

    Links for the day



  14. Lack of Independent Judiciary Under the Unitary Patent (Like Boards of Appeal Under Battistelli, in Defiance of the EPC) Will Possibly Kill the Unified Patent Court

    Germany, a key player in UPC negotiations (most patents at stake), cannot proceed to ratification and Britain's expected exit from the European Union further restricts any progress



  15. The Staff Union of the EPO Has Long Warned About Declining Patent Quality

    The quality of granted European Patents (EPs) has been declining sharply and the EPO's staff representatives have warned about it for a long time, only to find themselves severely reprimanded for telling the truth



  16. The EPO's Management Needs a Perception of Security Crisis

    The EPO follows that familiar pattern of writing about every Islamic terror attack in Europe (and in the US too) while media in Munich tells a story where facts are yet uncertain



  17. Links 18/8/2017: Wallpaper of Plasma 5.11, Oracle Liberates Java EE a Bit

    Links for the day



  18. Links 17/8/2017: Krita 3.2.0, New Raspbian GNU/Linux OS

    Links for the day



  19. Corruption at the European Patent Office and Systematic Bullying That Leads People to Suicide/Bankruptcy

    A look back at 3 years of intensive EPO coverage and what's coming up next (suppression of truth behind closed doors in the courtrooms)



  20. Supreme Court Decision on TC Heartland v Kraft Food Brands Group Already Vacates the Eastern District of Texas

    Patent trolls are losing their mojo as patent lawsuits drop 21% in the Eastern District of Texas and this collapse is expected to accelerate



  21. Media Dominated by the Patent Microcosm Spreads Myths and Defends Patent Trolls, Collectors

    Popular culture myths, such as Edison being a prolific inventor, and what we all ought to know about an actual patent epidemic (vast increase in the number of patents granted, bringing the total to over 10 million in the US)



  22. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Squashes Many Software Patents (Abstract) and §101 Seems Safe From Lobbying by the Patent Microcosm

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), together with the Alice-inspired §101, is an efficient eliminator of bogus patents on software and there is no end to that in sight



  23. Ericsson Hired From the World's Largest Patent Troll and Became a Massive Troll in Europe

    Ericsson's patent aggression campaign (even in Europe) carries on; it turns out the person behind this strategy came from Intellectual Ventures



  24. Links 16/8/2017: Ardour 5.11, 24th Birthday of Debian

    Links for the day



  25. Links 15/8/2017: New LibreELEC and More

    Links for the day



  26. The Collapse of Patent Quality at the EPO is Inviting to Europe Some of the World's Worst Patent Trolls

    As troll litigation soars in Europe we must take a careful look at the sorts of patents granted by the EPO these days and the policies that support such grants



  27. The EPO is Paying Journalists For Trips Abroad and May be Buying Fake Twitter Followers (Still)

    The EPO's media strategy -- a nefarious strategy which is costing many millions of euros and is corrupting the media -- explained in light of recent activity and reporting (in German)



  28. 'US Inventor' is an Extremist Group Created by Watchtroll (Not Inventors) to Troll the USPTO for Patent Maximalism

    The face behind so-called 'US Inventor' (an anti-PTAB group) which enlists, apparently, a handful of people and does not actually represent American inventors



  29. Links 14/8/2017: Linux 4.13-RC5, PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3, GCC 7.2

    Links for the day



  30. Links 13/8/2017: DebConf 2017 and GUADEC 2017 Wrapups

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts