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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RE[2]: Linux patents and Solaris
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 05:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Linux patents and Solaris"
Simba
Member since:
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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Googlesaurus Member since:
2005-10-19

"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."

No, and for a lot of reasons....
The key figures as you put it are a lot less key than you assume. Red Hat isn't a target because their pockets are shallow in the grand scheme of things. The FSF is a non-profit "thingy", taken seriously only by those who are willing to take them seriously.

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Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"The key figures as you put it are a lot less key than you assume. Red Hat isn't a target because their pockets are shallow in the grand scheme of things."

Red Hat's pockets are shallow yes. But if they get sued for more than they can afford out of pocket, their insurance picks up the tab. If they get sued for higher than their insurance policy, then they have to pick it up out of pocket again. If they can't, they have to file for chapter 11 or chapter 13 bankruptcy protection.

The problem here is that you are assuming financial gain would be only motive for suing Red Hat. But it's not. Forcing them into bankruptcy would be another very real motive.

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