Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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RE[2]: It's not a one-way street
by hal2k1 on Wed 14th Jun 2006 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE: It's not a one-way street"
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//First of all, why do they need to copy the code? They have enough manpower to redo it by the spec. //

Perhaps what they want is to then be able to patent their version. Perhaps they want FOSS to be invalid when considering prior art in a patent application. After all, they have already put forward "first to file" in this context.

I'm thinking that they feel they would need patents to back up a "pay-per-use" software revenue model - like royalties.

Edited 2006-06-14 10:48

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