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Considerations For FLOSS Hackers About Oracle vs. Google

Sep 07, 2010, 13:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bradley M. Kuhn)

"I'm sorry that I was right about this, but we should now finally learn the lesson: languages like Java and C# are dangerous. Single companies developed them, and there are live, unexpired patents that can easily be used in a group to attack FaiF implementations. Of course, that doesn't mean other language infrastructures are completely safe from patents, but I believe there is greater relative risk of a system with patent consolidation at a single company.

"It also bears repeating the point I made on Linux Outlaws last July: this doesn't mean the Free Software community shouldn't have FaiF implementations of all languages. In fact, we absolutely should, because we do want developers who are familiar with those languages to bring their software over to GNU/Linux and other Free Software systems.

"However, this lawsuit proves that choosing some languages for newly written Free Software is dangerous and should be avoided, especially when there are safer choices like C, C++, Python, and Perl."

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