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The open source movement enlarges its shield

Mar 07, 2012, 15:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roger Parloff)

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"The consortium, known as the Open Invention Network, already provides an array of patent protections to certain Linux and open-source applications found on corporate data-center and back-office servers. Today's announcement will extend those protections to more than 700 additional open-source software packages, including Android, Google's (GOOG) smartphone operating system; OpenJDK, a popular programmers' development kit; and applications relating to network management and security. "As the Linux community expands," says the network's CEO Keith Bergelt, 'we've had to broaden the aperture of our protections.'"

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