Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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Linux patents and Solaris
by on Wed 21st Dec 2005 04:59 UTC

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I have a pretty good idea that if anyone sued the Linux community, Sun would step in front of the suit with a massive indemnity. They gave the first hint of that with OpenSolaris. they're the hidden white knight in all this wrangling, you just watch.

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RE: Linux patents and Solaris
by Googlesaurus on Wed 21st Dec 2005 05:39 in reply to "Linux patents and Solaris"
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2005-10-19

"I have a pretty good idea that if anyone sued the Linux community,"

Nobody will sue the Linux community. Cease and desist, will be the method behind the madness. You can't sue someone without anything to loose, but you can certainly make them cease operations at the corporate level.

Will this ever happen? I'll guess along with ya, but my guess is there will be some serious issues to be dealt with at some point.

Indemnity by itself means little. There is nobody who could monetarily support such a claim, including IBM, who wouldn't.

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RE[2]: Linux patents and Solaris
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 05:56 in reply to "RE: Linux patents and Solaris"
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2005-10-08

"Nobody will sue the Linux community. Cease and desist, will be the method behind the madness. You can't sue someone without anything to loose,"

Well, they can sue entities and key figures for damages. Obviously, Red Hat would be one likely target. the Free Software Foundation would be another (since they are largely responsible for the GNU tools). Certain key individuals could also find themselves named.

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