Originally Posted by thegreen1
O.K. Here's my dumb question of the day-
It is my understanding that most of the hardware manufacturers pay a settlement/ licensing fee to Microsoft for some process involving android that Msft owns a patent for, I don't understand the details, but... Will phone and tablet makers be able to avoid these fees if they sell Ubuntu devices?
That is a tricky question because not all the details are disclosed to the public. And esp with Ubuntu Os being new we don't know the approach they will take. Seeing how Microsoft has manyy patents [I read a article a while ago saying that just in 2010 I believe Microsoft gained approx 3,000 patients just that year] they will pretty much get a cut of something. + Msft gains more revenue from their patents than they do from Windows mobile so that should show something lol... ill try to find the article if your interested.
But I don't think anyone can avoid these fees now. If its not Microsoft gaining profits its IBM/Apple with their patent hungry lifestyle.
& no question is a dumb question