Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Jul 2009 20:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Mono discussion may be tiring, but the fact of the matter is that thanks to this discussion, various major Linux distributions are now making official statements detailing their position in the Mono/C# debate. The latest to do this is Ubuntu, which reiterated their position yesterday.
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Full reinstalls everywhere to get rid of patent threats! Now, that's a good idea. While we're at it, we have to make sure we leave out all of the following, and much, much more.

* MP3, MPEG2, DivX, H263, H264, AAC, Flash video codecs. From now on, we'll only watch Theora+Vorbis vids and listen to Ogg music. ¡No transcoding, you guys! We cannot use the patented codecs. No DVD ripping, of course, or watching media from your own digital video camera. We'll keep video watching to... mmm... Exactly what? Oh, yeah, self-made vids shot on VHS and digitized directly onto Theora. I cannot wait to see your girl's first communion. Sounds like fun! I'll post vids of my wedding... somewhere

* I don't know _for sure_, but I'd say it is bloody likely that Microsoft AND Apple AND Xerox own patents on GUI interaction that are infringed by Gnome AND KDE and X. Let's stick to text consoles until that field is cleared out.

* Let's excise any and all database programs from our systems. We would not want to incur in the wrath of Oracle or IBM, which you can bet your favorite body part they have many sound patents on, waiting to explode (exactly at their convenience).

* No virtualization software lest VMWare bites us in the ass! Not that there will be much remaining worthy of virtualizing.

* Oh, and let's not forget the Linux kernel! I think you better look for something besides Linux. There are thirty-something patent threads on it, just from Microsoft. Sorry, Fedora! We better move to BSD. (and then...)

And on, and on, and on, and on. There is absolutely NO WAY OUT of that poison web of software patents, at least in the USA. The only thing you can do is use Windows and commercial software, and let your providers asume the risk. In most of the rest of the world (because there IS a world out there) you can just lift your leg, piss on those patents, and get on with your happy life... for the time being.

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Microsoft has been using their patents against competitors before and they will do it again soon

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