"Jim Zemlin: Let's talk a little bit about patents. Certainly
there have been allegations about how Linux is infringing on
certain organizations' patents; recently there was even a patent
suit filed against Novell and RedHat related to patents.
"Tell us a little bit about your perspective on either those
specific issues or patents in general.
"Linus Torvalds: Patents are nasty. It's kind of hard to really
say a lot more than the fact that patents on ideas in general are a
huge mistake and the whole notion that you can have patents,
business models and software is pretty broken to begin with..."