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LinuxDevices.com: A developer's perspective on the RTLinux patent

Feb 14, 2001, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

[ 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 who don't."

"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."

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