LinuxDevices.com: A developer's perspective on the RTLinux patent
Feb 14, 2001, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link.
"This guest editorial at LinuxDevices.com takes a thoughtful
look at the recently unveiled RTLinux patent, including a summary
of what the patent says, the implications of the patent to the GPL
status of RTLinux, and some of the issues and concerns that may
arise when developing applications that incorporate RTLinux."
"If you follow the open-source software culture at all, you're
aware of the us vs. them mentality that has developed. In the
Slashdot view of the world, there are those who "get it" and those
"If you get it, you build upon the body of open-source code that
exists, and you hand all of your new code, including any inventions
that it implements, back to the community. If you don't get it, you
patent your inventions, implement them in software distributed
under restrictive licenses, and sell the combination in a way that
maximizes your profits. Few gray areas are seen in this bipolar
view of people as either cooperative or competitive."