BBC: Software Patents ‘Threaten Linux’

[ Thanks to robbobthales for this
link. ]

“Open source advocate Bruce Perens tells BBC technology
correspondent Clark Boyd why the real threat to Linux and the open
source movement is not from the SCO lawsuits, but from software

Clark Boyd: Linux seems to be going more and
more mainstream. Suddenly there are advertisements by IBM on
television promoting Linux. What do you make of this mainstreaming
of the whole open source idea?

Bruce Perens: I like the fact that the IBM ads
emphasise the openness. I saw one the other day that compared Linux
to a child that had been adopted by the world. And I think that’s a
great theme, and it’s very different than what you usually hear
from IBM…”


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