Besides – all “open source” code is copyrighted, some has a license allowing it to be used without any restrictions, some has more strict licenses but saying a “piece of code” is patented is very weird. It’s like saying I could patent the way you breath? Or maybe how you write from left to right?
On the other hand, MS, Amazon, etc have some real patents (as seen by current laws) and the patent deals, as any other business deals, have always been very common just to avoid later problems – nothing new there. And, of course, everyone just dreams to have such deal with IBM – their patent portfolio is unbeatable today.]]>
Quotation from history
Matthew J. Szulik, chair, CEO and president of Red Hat, the leading provider of Linux and open source technology, outlined the challenges and opportunities faced by the movement in the opening plenary session of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. Some 250 people filled the auditorium in Charlotte , North Carolina , for the presentation. Szulik began by showing a promotional video whose theme was that despite ignorance, ridicule and opposition, “truth happens.” It quoted Mohandas K. Gandhi as saying, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” Szulik said the video captures the spirit of Red Hat. He complimented ASIS&T for setting up wikis and blogs for the Annual Meeting. He noted that in 1997 Red Hat was a magazine company.]]>
M$ is taking what seems like a swipe at Linux to get them to say something. When the Linux people say something ordinary folks listen. This because Linux based people are usually those who get results in the real world IT. Example Google, amazon, and millions more. When M$ says something people have understood the hype value of it. So without Linux no more M$ marketing.
The IT Departments have moved on to larger things like ERP, CRM, BI, SCM and… Mostly LAMP based and the clients could care less about this M$ vs Linux vs Mac hoopla.
Folks who still debate the issue seem oblivious to the fact that Linux is now 18 years old. Nothing new. Such old technologies are mature and are doing their job and everyone who is serious should already know about it.
If they still don’t know, then they do not need to be told. Just give such people a PCLOS Live CD and tell them to DIY if they want to learn.
M$ messed up big time with GPL v3 after the novell deal. They just seem like they have a death wish as a company. The opensource group is now too large to be taken on without suffering deadly blows.
A few more such stupid swipes and maybe that shall be the end of M$ for good. Then all of it shall end up in opensource may be GPL v 4.0 may need to be developed to incorporate the resulting legalese.