Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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RE[2]: Monopolist
by Flatland_Spider on Mon 15th Oct 2007 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Monopolist"
Flatland_Spider
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2006-09-01

it still raises questions as to why they just simply didn't use OpenSolaris code,


Probably because OpenSolaris wasn't available until 2005, and MS bought a licensed from SCO in 2003.

I'm sure you're right about MS needing a license to actual System V stuff. They could have used something else like *BSD code, but they have the money so why not get the real deal.

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