"Victor Yodaiken, CEO of the company that makes
RTLinux, says he believes the Free Software Foundation's accusation
that his company is violating the GNU General Public License with
its patent of RTLinux may be a misunderstanding.
On Sept. 14, the Free Software Foundation issued a statement
accusing FSM Labs of violating the GPL. From the statement:
'Yodaiken has attempted to use the patent to impose restrictive
terms on a GPL-covered program (Linux, the kernel used in the
GNU/Linux operating system). These terms conflict with the GNU GPL,
and imposing them is a violation of the GPL.'
But Yodaiken, who says he was surprised by the statement, says
negotiations continue with the Free Software Foundation over the
license language FSM Labs uses on the GPL release of its patented
RTLinux, a real-time operating system. FSM Labs and the Free
Software Foundation lawyer are scheduled to meet later today to
discuss the latest language of the license, which Yodaiken says has
'minor problems, which we'd be happy to change.'"