Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Apr 2006 15:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Legal A company called eSoft was recently granted a patent for "systems and methods for selecting, ordering, installing, managing, updating, and if necessary, uninstalling software applications." Their first step has been to sue their major competitors, but it appears that online software update systems of all kinds could be covered by this patent, which would mean that Windows Update, OS X Software Update, Redhat's up2date, and YUM, among others, would be infringing.
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Paul Graham's take
by Shane on Tue 4th Apr 2006 15:41 UTC
Shane
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2005-07-06

Paul Graham has a nice essay about software patents:

http://www.paulgraham.com/softwarepatents.html

One of the best writeups on the subject that I've read so far.

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