You probably don’t think of car companies as Linux and open-source supporters. You’d be wrong. Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer, just joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history.
OIN was formed by IBM, Sony, Phillips, Red Hat, and Novell in 1995 to defend Linux against intellectual property attacks. OIN’s plan, then and now, is to acquire Linux-related patents. It then shares them royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux or its applications.
OIN now has more than 2,000 members. In the last 18 months, with the rise of open source and Linux in all technology businesses, OIN has doubled in size.
The more companies join, the better. I had no idea OIN had been growing this quickly.