The mutual disdain between Microsoft Corp. and Linux, an open-source computer operating system, is unrivaled. But new rules for software contracts put out by The American Law Institute have united the enemies as part of a growing protest by tech companies and their lawyers. The most controversial of the guidelines is that software vendors must guarantee buyers that there are no hidden flaws in the software. "Any project that has Microsoft and Linux on the same side, you know there's something wrong," says one lawyer.
Bitter Foes Microsoft and Linux Unite Against Software Rules
July 21, 2009