Mark Shuttleworth posts a BLOG article where he offers his opinion that Microsoft is not the real threat (to Linux and FLOSS), but that a broken patent system is. I agree and disagree with him. I agree that the patent system is the problem, but to blame governments alone and claim the lobbiest (IBM, Microsoft, etc) who pushed for software patentability are innocent misses the point. Governments can only react to information that they are given, and extremists from the legal community and BSA members are why software is patentable. Yes, we need to get political, but need to realize that the legal departments of companies like IBM and Microsoft are our political opponents, not the government.