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IBM Denies Breaking Its Open-Source Promise

Apr 07, 2010, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darryl K. Taft)

"The open-source software community is up in arms over claims that IBM has broken its promise to the community by asserting its patents against an open-source project. However, IBM says it has done no such thing.

"In a letter to Roger Bowler, president of French mainframe emulator software maker TurboHercules, Mark Anzani, IBM vice president and CTO for IBM System z, said TurboHercules infringes on more than 100 IBM patents.

"The FOSS (free and open-source software) community is upset that it appears IBM has broken its 2005 pledge not to use the company's massive patent portfolio against the FOSS world."

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