NewsForge: Unisys Suddenly Loves Linux: Should Linux Users Return That Love?
Aug 18, 2004, 04:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Unisys has long been the main booster--possibly the only one
besides Microsoft--of Windows as a mainframe operating system. Now
Unisys says it loves Linux--but still claims to be a staunch
Microsoft partner--and it seems like most of its contributions to
the Linux kernel are only useful to Unisys customers. And then
there's the specter of the Unisys GIF patents (now expired), and
how the company used them as weapons against free and open source
software projects only a few years ago. In light of all this,
should we welcome Unisys as a 'member of the Linux community' with
open arms, or maintain a skeptical distance until the company
proves that it has truly seen the open source light...?"