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Leaping Linux’s Patent Hurdle

“In the wake of my last column, Why Linux Is Already A Success,
I got a great many comments and letters from people who agreed
completely with my point of view–that Linux was already a success
on its own terms. I did, however, receive a reader comment that
added some sobering real-world perspectives.

“Said comment was by reader Jim Garret, who wrote: ‘This article
makes a good point, but you also have to consider multimedia
codecs. Linux will have succeeded when a user can see and hear
everything on the web that a Windows user can–legally. (I’m in the
USA, so perhaps I’m handicapped on this point…!)’


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