Linked by snydeq on Sat 10th Mar 2012 20:29 UTC
Linux The open source community should feel a little safer from software patent attacks, writes InfoWorld's Simon Phipps. "The Open Invention Network, a consortium of Linux contributors formed as a self-defense against software patents, has extended the definition of Linux so that a whopping 700 new software packages are covered, including many developer favorites. Just one hitch: The new definition also includes carve-outs that put all Linux developers on notice that Phillips and Sony reserve the right to sue over virtualization, search, user interfaces, and more."
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philips?
by project_2501 on Sat 10th Mar 2012 22:25 UTC
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2006-03-20

So what has Philips ever done for virtualisation?

Bluray functionality? I suspect it'll go the same way as DVD functionality on floss operating systems ...

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RE: philips?
by orestes on Sun 11th Mar 2012 00:13 in reply to "philips?"
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2005-07-06

The thing that comes most strongly to mind with Philips would be the i2c bus. Perhaps it's something related that. Or their truly impressive array of high end clinical solutions, wouldn't shock me one bit if some of those made use of virtualization.

Edited 2012-03-11 00:15 UTC

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RE[2]: philips?
by timl on Sun 11th Mar 2012 11:42 in reply to "RE: philips?"
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2005-12-06

Actually, I think any i2c patents would be expired by now, or about to be. It's technology from the early 80s if I'm not mistaken, so any 25-year long patent would have expired.

Of course the trademark of the i2c name and the logo would still be owned by Philips, but that has nothing to do with patent pools. Not to mention that those have been circumvented for years by calling it smbus or 2-wire bus.

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