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B Eye: The Linux Liability Problem

Dec 10, 2006, 21:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pete Loshin)

"The last month has seen both Oracle and Microsoft take their gloves off in their competition with open source software. Where Oracle has taken a seemingly straightforward approach of copying the competition and undercutting their prices, Microsoft's move to invoke intellectual property and the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL) to counter open source competition is much more potentially damaging. What's more, while Oracle's success could be a positive force on open source, Microsoft's success could endanger the existence of the open source movement. Can the Open Invention Network, the Patent Commons or someone else save the day?

"For years, the challenge for Linux vendors has been to build a case that Linux and other open source software can be as good as or better than proprietary software in solving business problems..."

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