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Linux The open source community should feel a little safer from software patent attacks, writes InfoWorld's Simon Phipps. "The Open Invention Network, a consortium of Linux contributors formed as a self-defense against software patents, has extended the definition of Linux so that a whopping 700 new software packages are covered, including many developer favorites. Just one hitch: The new definition also includes carve-outs that put all Linux developers on notice that Phillips and Sony reserve the right to sue over virtualization, search, user interfaces, and more."
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RE[5]: How sincere
by agb242 on Tue 13th Mar 2012 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: How sincere"
agb242
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Funny how capitalism was most likely the reason you are using a computer today, have good transportation, have enough food to eat blah, blah, blah. Making a profit provides businesses the ability to expand, innovate and so forth.

Plus, FOSS is really about making the code available for everybody. You can certainly make a profit off the software. Hell you can repackage whole distro and sell it if you want...plus your most likely not speaking of true capitalism...

Hey come to think of it FOSS is like capitalism; you agree to a contract; we share knowledge and ideas about the code & usibility; build it; package it and if we want to we can sell the software or services for the software without government intervention. Yep sounds a lot like laissez-faire capitalism to me.

Making a profit is not a bad thing.

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