Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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RE: you make them sound irrational
by dsmogor on Wed 28th Sep 2011 19:39 UTC in reply to "you make them sound irrational"
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

No company that uses, produces or promotes OSS, has OSS assets as the core of the business.
The companies that do, usually go out of business.
That's so repeatable, that's nearly a rule.
RMS can go to great lenghts preaching about selling GPL'd software, but the fact is OSS is like photography; it helps selling other stuff.

Edited 2011-09-28 19:48 UTC

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umad Member since:
2011-08-18

No company that uses, produces and promotes OSS has its assets as the core of the business.


Apple, the richest company in the world produces and promotes OSS and has its assets as the core of their business


The companies that do, usually go out of business. That's so repeatable that's nearly a rule.


You're right that its true most of the time.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apple, the richest company in the world produces and promotes OSS and has its assets as the core of their business


No they don't. iOS kernel is not opensource, the ARM port of XNU was never opensourced. Their proprietary graphics stack is very much closed source. The things that make them different are proprietary.

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