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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siimo
Member since:
2006-06-22

First thing I do as well as the distro I use doesn't compile in support for bytecode interpreter which is patented by Apple.

Everyone is quick to bash MS about their cleartype patent but Apple isn't any better either.

http://www.freetype.org/patents.html

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually Apple hasn't done anything to prevent enabling BCI in FreeType2. Many distributions distribute binaries with BCI enabled while Apple deliberately looks away. The FreeType2 team recommends disabling it due to Apple having the patent, and not because Apple has decided the FT2 team should do so.

Look at the Myth-part.
Myth :2: Apple Is Suing (or Sued) FreeType

This complete myth apparently started with this article on the SlashDot news site. Too bad the editors did neither care to check the submitted link nor even tried to contact us, we could have helped them!

It is true that we have been contacted by Apple's legal department, but that has never been in the clear intent of suing us, which isn't too surprising given that FreeType doesn't harm Apple in any way.

On the contrary, because of FreeType, Apple has already seen new patent licensees in the embedded market.


EDIT: BTW... that myth ALSO started at /. *sigh*

Edited 2007-04-11 04:57

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siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

Doesn't change the fact than they can sue if they want to. Microsoft hasn't sued either.

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