Linus Torvalds, the lead developer of Linux and the man the open source OS is named after, has struck out angrily at Microsoft's claims that his software infringes 235 of its patents.

According to the Inquirer, Torvalds says Microsoft's claims should be tested in court to prevent the undermining of confidence in Linux. He says Microsoft should name the patents it alleges have been violated so the claims can be tested in court.
The Inquirer goes on to say that Torvalds challenges the legitimacy of Windows, stating that it was a lot more likely that Windows violates patents than Linux does. If the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies, Torvalds claims.
He says that basic operating system theory was pretty much done by the end of the 1960s and most of the "fundamental patents" were owned by IBM and has long since lost any patent protection.
The Inq adds that Torvalds says that naming the patents Linux is supposed to break would make it either clear that Linux isn't infringing at all, or would make it possible to avoid infringing by coding around whatever "silly thing they claim".