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[13]: say what
by Rahul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: say what"
Rahul
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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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RE[14]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jul 2011 19:14 in reply to "RE[13]: say what"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

You are putting words in other people's mouth. Don't do that. People who play fair don't just rip off.


No I am not ... That is the attitude of a lot of FLOSS people ... "If you are one of the 'nice' tech giants ... we will love you ... if not we will hate you forever and be angry on internet forums".

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.


Yet the same people are slagging off Microsoft which has contributed to Open source projects such as jQuery, Joomla, Drupal and Contributed to the Linux kernel and probably a few others ... this is conveniently forgotten.

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RE[15]: say what
by _txf_ on Mon 18th Jul 2011 21:23 in reply to "RE[14]: say what"
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2008-03-17

No I am not ... That is the attitude of a lot of FLOSS people ... "If you are one of the 'nice' tech giants ... we will love you ... if not we will hate you forever and be angry on internet forums".


Oracle does contribute back some things. But I think pretty much everyone whether from the Linux community or not can agree generally that Oracle often swims in a sea of scumbaggery.

Yet the same people are slagging off Microsoft which has contributed to Open source projects such as jQuery, Joomla, Drupal and Contributed to the Linux kernel and probably a few others ... this is conveniently forgotten.


I don't think anyone is slagging Microsoft in this context. It is just that nobody is particularly impressed by the features being added by MS. The features MS generally adds are usually interoperability patches (I am however willing to be proven wrong if evidence contrary is provided).

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RE[15]: say what
by Rahul on Tue 19th Jul 2011 01:48 in reply to "RE[14]: say what"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Wrong again. Red Hat is not a tech giant. Neither is Wind River and talking about "FLOSS people" as if it is a single monolithic entity is ignorant.

Edited 2011-07-19 01:49 UTC

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