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[11]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: say what"
Rahul
Member since:
2005-07-06

Don't play semantics. Exploiting loopholes and not playing nice are just other ways of saying that it is underhanded. Btw, you are wrong to claim that patches have to be GPL. They can under be under any GPL compatible license. These include MIT, revised BSD and many other licenses. There are some modules which are under BSD merged in the Linux kernel so this is not even theoretical.

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RE[12]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jul 2011 17:45 in reply to "RE[11]: say what"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

You can't have it both ways ... you can accuse Oracle of being underhanded while they are just making use of the copy left nature of the GPL ... simple as.

Basically you are saying,

"Anyone is free to use the code, as long as we like them ... then they are exploiting it."

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RE[13]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 17:50 in reply to "RE[12]: say what"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

You are putting words in other people's mouth. Don't do that. People who play fair don't just rip off. They put their weight behind it and increase the value of the ecosystem (Think Red Hat) or atleast add value in a different way (Think Wind River vs Red Hat). Oracle isn't really doing that. This is why they are being singled out by the community. They were singled out when they were engaging in under handed tactics with PeopleSoft and BEA as well. So nothing to do with GPL, copyleft or whatever.

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