Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE: Microsoft now owns Unix
by fran on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:21 UTC in reply to "Microsoft now owns Unix"
fran
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2010-08-06

The expiry of patents on the 1969 Unix could'nt be so far off?
If i'm correct industrial patents hold for 50years.
That means some of those code would be public domain in 2019?

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RE[2]: Microsoft now owns Unix
by pgeorgi on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 21:16 in reply to "RE: Microsoft now owns Unix"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

If i'm correct industrial patents hold for 50years.
That means some of those code would be public domain in 2019?

Patents have 20 years. Design patents (which are an _entirely_ different beast) vary, in the US they're 14 years.

What matters more is copyright on the original Unix code (some of which still lingers in most Unix systems).
Given that the BSDs freed the BSD line in the early 90s, and Sun managed to get much of the SVr4 stuff under weak copyleft via OpenSolaris, most issues around Unix copyrights should be clear now (except when relicensing incompatibly)

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