Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by Havin_it
Legal "Free software is great, and corporate America loves it. It's often high-quality stuff that can be downloaded free off the Internet and then copied at will. It's versatile - it can be customized to perform almost any large-scale computing task - and it's blessedly crash-resistant. A broad community of developers, from individuals to large companies like IBM, is constantly working to improve it and introduce new features. No wonder the business world has embraced it so enthusiastically: More than half the companies in the Fortune 500 are thought to be using the free operating system Linux in their data centers. But now there's a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it's being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents."
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by gonzalo on Mon 14th May 2007 07:20 UTC
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Vista is doing great, selling even more than expected, isn't it?

Anyway, I guess we're now into the (sorry for using the much abused Gandhi quote) "then they fight you" phase. We all know what comes next, don't we?

Btw, cute article. The 'free-worlders' are a 'faction'. The 'ecosystem that produced Linux' is 'quirky'. The number of patents 'stated' (not 'claimed') to be infringed is 'breathtaking' and 'overwhelming'. Description of Eben Moglen is kept to a professional level, giving just some references of what he does, while Brad Smith is "a polished, thoughtful and credible advocate" and "projects intensity, determination, a hint of Ivy League hauteur, and ambition". When Moglen says software is not patentable they quickly remark "The Supreme Court has never expressly ruled on the question". But when the author (or is it Smith's view?) states that "courts began signaling that software could be patented after all" he then proceeds get into a muddled explanation of how it can indeed be patentable.
All this to finally explain how Microsoft did the reasonable thing by proceeding to licence those patents.

Oh, and the GPL is viral. It 'forces' people. Stallman and his collaborators 'conjured' an open system. And he is so difficult we won't interview him, ha!

And GPL only applies to distributors, so it's ok to demand royalties from users. And Linus Torvalds is ok with the Microsoft-Novell deal. Even blesses it.

Yes, cute article.

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