Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[3]: Hyperbole
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Mar 2013 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hyperbole"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

And anyway Red Hat and it's products are marginal and tiny players in the tech markets


Yes, RH is a real marginal player in the server space. Fo' sure!
I don't particularly like their product but saying they are a marginal player shows a certain lack of knowledge.

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RE[4]: Hyperbole
by Tony Swash on Fri 29th Mar 2013 18:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Hyperbole"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Red Hat revenues were just $348 million dollars in the last year. That's a very small player in the tech markets. Add together the PC industry and the mobile device industry and you get an industry worth probably in excess of a trillion dollars. Remember the thesis I am arguing against was the proposition that 'patents are busy tearing the very fabric of this industry apart'. I cannot see how inconveniencing a tiny player like Red Hat in the vast tech markets amounts to 'tearing the tech markets apart'. In fact those tech markets are functioning extremely well and have hardly been disrupted, or indeed changed, by IP litigation.

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RE[5]: Hyperbole
by Tony Swash on Fri 29th Mar 2013 19:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Hyperbole"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Red Hat revenues were just $348 million dollars in the last year.


Sorry I mistyped, that should be $348 million dollars revenues for the quarter. That changes nothing in what I am arguing.

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RE[5]: Hyperbole
by Soulbender on Sat 30th Mar 2013 01:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Hyperbole"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Being a player is not determined by gross company profits alone. RH may only have made $386 millions but they're still a more influential player in the server tech market than, say, Apple.

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