Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 18:51 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linspire Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire, writes: "With the recent news of several Linux vendors entering into partnership agreements with Microsoft (Novell, Linspire, Xandros), there has been much debate recently about two factions of Linux forming. Saying that Linux is going to be torn in two, makes for good press and lively debates, but this is certainly nothing new for Linux."
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RE: legal vs moral high ground
by leech on Thu 28th Jun 2007 20:56 UTC in reply to "legal vs moral high ground"
leech
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2006-01-10

I have to say here that I don't think 'cleaning code' is going to have any affect on these so-called 'software patents'. Namely because the system is so screwed up that they don't patent actual code, but ideas of user interface design, like clicking on text to create a drop-down menu. Not sure if that's actually one, but something like that. Who ever would buy the tripe that Microsoft is selling should be eating said tripe. Plain and simple, Software Patents should be eliminated. It'd be like me trying to patent the wearing of clothes. I'm sorry, everyone must pay me royalties to wear clothes. It doesn't matter that mankind has been wearing clothes for hundreds of thousands of years, but since I thought about patenting it first, then everyone has to pay me.

I'll be waiting for the first checks.... ;)

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niemau Member since:
2007-06-28

i agree. the truth is, if microsoft actually showed these patents, they'd be in a lot of hot water. that's why they don't. they're scared that the second they do, they'll all get overturned for prior art, obviousness, etc. any patent not overturned would get worked around.

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