Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2007 18:53 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE As reported by Slashdot, debate has risen over ClearType in Linux. OpenSUSE recently disabled this technology, saying "that this feature is covered by several Microsoft patents and should not be activated in any default build of the library". Other websites have picked up on this as well: "The strange thing is though: no matter the fact that Novell and Microsoft are now buddies, openSUSE still has to be concerned about the ClearType patents!"
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Site A reports a story and Sites B through X re-report the story because they assume Site A is reputable. Unfortunately for this example, Slashdot isn't reputable.

People in the Slashdot comments shot this story down as off-base and untrue. Apparently Freetype was disabled by default by its developer before the Novell-MS deal ever happened.

It's just another case of an ignorant Slashdot editor posting an UNVERIFIED story from an ignorant Slashdot reader who got the story from another ignorant source.

Lucky for me my newspaper doesn't make such amateur mistakes, and if they do, they remove or amend the story. This is why internet journalism isn't up to the standards set by print journalism 100 years ago.

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