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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Misleading titles
by dylansmrjones on Tue 10th Apr 2007 23:42 UTC
dylansmrjones
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2005-10-02

There is no such thing as ClearType in Linux. There is no such thing as violating MS-patents in this regard. If anything it is Apple's patents that is violated, considering the way sub-pixel rendering works.

Microsoft did not invent sub-pixel rendering. Microsoft was not the first to use it. And so on.

Any MS patent in this regard are void. Sub-pixel rendering is from before Gates got dry behind his ears.

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