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When Reptiles Attack: Has IBM Tired Of FOSS?

Apr 09, 2010, 16:04 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

"Regardless of the merits of IBM's case against TurboHercules (well summarised on Ars Technica), the fact the incident has happened at all is an important signal. I can't for a moment believe this is the first time since IBM's patent pledge that any part of the company has wanted to act against a community participant. We can see the tension between the statement Dan Frye makes through the Linux Foundation and the statement of another IBM spokesperson in the WSJ attempting to say the Pledge doesn't apply to everyone. To hazard a guess, the competition is now characterised by Google – a huge user of and contributor to open source software – instead of IBM's old foes, Microsoft and Solaris.

"IBM doesn't seem to need the FOSS community as a stick to beat its foes any more."

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