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[7]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 08:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: say what"
Rahul
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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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RE[8]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jul 2011 11:24 in reply to "RE[7]: say what"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It is not Anti GPL FUD ... it is a simple fact.

The same problem with more permissive licenses ... there is nothing stopping a larger company pick up your work and support your current customers ...

Which is exactly what Oracle are doing with Unbreakable Linux.

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RE[9]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 13:00 in reply to "RE[8]: say what"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

No. It is FUD because you singled out GPL earlier. If you merely said, any free and open source software can be supported by multiple vendors, this is true and the strength of it because there is no vendor lock-in. However Oracle isn't merely supporting. They are engaging is under handed tactics which they have been doing to many others in the past and those were proprietary vendors. It has everything to do with the way it is running its business

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