The Microsoft-led consortium of tech companies trying to hoover up nearly 1,000 of Novell's patents is back in business. CPTN Holdings re-registered with German authorities on Wednesday, according to the website of the German Federal Cartel Office. Plans to create CPTN as a German entity were withdrawn in December 2010. CPTN is …
There may be trouble ahead...
...but while there's lawyers,
MS attacks Linux again.
There will always be lawyers and greed...
...and the way to a better world is to scrap the state guarantees given to patent holders and finance.
"Politicians only understand the language of bombs and bullets."
Farmer J.M. Setten, in a January 10, 1933, letter to Illinois Governor Henry Horne
"attacks Linux again"?? It's business.
I keep thinking of this and wonder maybe with big companies wanting for linux not to be free and removed from the internet I am sure they might be trying a method of where only a big company is allowed to use Linux/Unix IP and not meant for the end user at all.
It may come to that one day where only deep pockets are allowed to use Linux but of course that is fantasy as the unix webserver is free and always will be. There is enough data now to backup any linux version that has been vetted free of proprietary code to be free of any litigation by any of the big OS manufacturers.
These 882 patents might be the way to make Linux shrink in size? Hahaha good luck on that!
Hmmmm not really
If this was possible then it would essentially be only in the US, and then the US would fall behind the rest of the world with regards to technology and computing.
Plus any company who tried this would surely face a serious anti-trust investigation because too many companies are heavily invested in Linux to let it happen.
@Hmmmm not really
Actually, you can get away with anti competitive activities if you can disguise it as "what the market wants". By driving the behavior of your customers, you can force another product or company out of the market. If they managed to shrink Linux in the US then that is still significant because much of the world has to do business with the US. It has nothing to do ith geographic domination, all that matters is who uses what the most, and by who I mean of course the key players in global energy and finance sectors. So while 882 patents may not seem like much, they might be key to controlling the licensing of certain features that drive product adoption.
You said OSI's Michael Tiemann
But I think you meant to say Red Hat's Michael Tiemann that happens to also use the OSI as his soapbox
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