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internetnews.com: Groups Debate Linux Kernel Defense

Aug 04, 2004, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Singer)

"After the billions it spends to make its company the poster boy for Linux, IBM said the last thing it wants to do is launch a patent attack against the Linux kernel.

"'I can assure you, we have no intention of asserting our patents against the Linux kernel... unless of course we are forced to defend ourselves,' Nick Donofrio, IBM senior vice president of technology and mnufacturing, said during his keynote address to LinuxWorld attendees here.

"The same can be said of enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat, whose CEO Matt Szulik told internetnews.com that companies like his should be the ones to take care of indemnifying customers from legal threats. To that end, the company expanded its Open Source Assurance Program in a new partnership with Black Duck Software. The deal highlights Black Duck's protexIP product line, which helps track and identify open-source code in development projects in an effort to avoid any potential licensing compliance issues..."

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