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ComputerWeekly: Open-Source Guru Says Supporters are Bigger Threat to Linux

Aug 08, 2003, 14:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The greatest threat to Linux may not come from adversaries such as Microsoft and the SCO Group, but rather from its strongest supporters, open-source advocate Bruce Perens has said at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

"The co-founder of the Open Source Initiative singled out IBM, Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard for particular comment.

"'SCO is nothing beside the threat that open-source developers face from software patents, a fight that we are losing badly,' he said, pointing to pending legislation before the European Parliament that will permit software patents in the European Union for the first time. Software patents have been permitted in the US since the 1980s..."

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