Linux Top 5: Patent Winners and Losers

“At the core of Linux is open source software that is enabled by
open source licenses. Open Source licenses are what enables Linux
to thrive, but other legal mechanisms, in particular the U.S.
patent system, continue to lurk on the edges as a risk to the
continued growth of Linux.

“This past week, the Linux Planet got both positive and negative
news on the patent front, as the lawyers took center stage.
Novell’s patents were secured, Google lost a Linux patent case in
Texas and OIN expanded Linux patent protection.”

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