Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 14:55 UTC
Legal Speaking of patent lawsuits - somebody pointed out to me that both Oracle and Google are members of the Open Invention Network. This struck me as odd - doesn't the OIN license require you to promise not to assert your patents against Linux systems? And, uhm, isn't that kind of what Oracle is doing right now? Well, yes, they might be suing a Linux System - but they're not suing a Linux System as defined by the OIN.
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RE[2]: MeeGo = "Linux System"
by JoeBuck on Thu 7th Oct 2010 16:35 UTC in reply to "RE: MeeGo = "Linux System""
JoeBuck
Member since:
2006-01-11

Not exactly: OIN lists a set of software packages, and the patent guarantees apply to those packages, whether they are used in a phone or a server or a desktop. But Java isn't included.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You don't get it. Even using the existing set of packages you can create technologies that wouldn't be covered by OIN's license. For instance, you could use Gtk+ to code a slide-to-unlock mechanism for your Gtk+-based phone, you're violating a patent, and could be sued, and OIN won't do a thing to help you - coded in Gtk+ or not - since the patent suit would not focus on Gtk+, but on the functionality created USING Gtk+.

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

Who said I wrote about "slide-to-unlock"? Stop making things up. I never wrote about that.
OIN covers a large part of MeeGo components, resulting in being a smaller target for patent trolls.

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