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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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RE[3]: How sincere
by moondevil on Mon 12th Mar 2012 09:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How sincere"
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I agree with you.

My point is that many in the FLOSS community sometimes see companies as good or evil, when actually the companies only care about the shareholders.

While I subscribed for years to Linux Journal, I've always been a UNIX/Windows developer and I am typing this text on a Microsoft's Natural Keyboard.

All companies have good and bad sides, the problem is when we get carried away with FLOSS up to the point some take it almost as a religion, which I used to do before.

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RE[4]: How sincere
by spiderman on Mon 12th Mar 2012 12:06 in reply to "RE[3]: How sincere"
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I love how the gods of finance, aka stock holders, declared FOSS a religion when we should only be concerned about their profits.
I am sarcastic because capitalism is as much a religion as FOSS, only more harmful.
In my job, I couldn't care less about stock profits. I pretend to care for PR and marketing, but I am only concerned in the betterment of the world and FOSS. So do most of my colleagues.
If that is a religion, then it's a better religion than those who only care about profits and pretend to care about the world.

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RE[5]: How sincere
by agb242 on Tue 13th Mar 2012 00:54 in reply to "RE[4]: How sincere"
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Funny how capitalism was most likely the reason you are using a computer today, have good transportation, have enough food to eat blah, blah, blah. Making a profit provides businesses the ability to expand, innovate and so forth.

Plus, FOSS is really about making the code available for everybody. You can certainly make a profit off the software. Hell you can repackage whole distro and sell it if you your most likely not speaking of true capitalism...

Hey come to think of it FOSS is like capitalism; you agree to a contract; we share knowledge and ideas about the code & usibility; build it; package it and if we want to we can sell the software or services for the software without government intervention. Yep sounds a lot like laissez-faire capitalism to me.

Making a profit is not a bad thing.

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