Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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RE[5]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 01:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: say what"
Rahul
Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, because you overlook the fact that typically all Red Hat patches get send upstream by the developers and merged with the Linux kernel. What Red Hat does to its product only affects vendors like Oracle trying to rip off Red Hat. It doesn't affect the community.

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RE[6]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jul 2011 07:59 in reply to "RE[5]: say what"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

What Red Hat does to its product only affects vendors like Oracle trying to rip off Red Hat. It doesn't affect the community.


That is the inherit problem with the GPL.

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RE[7]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 08:03 in reply to "RE[6]: say what"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Anti GPL FUD really considering Red Hat is edging towards a billion dollars a year on revenue with software primarily around GPL. GPL is by far the most popular free and open source software.

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