"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..."