"At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005, there's ample
proof that Linux, along with many of its open source relatives, has
achieved business viability. But there's an undercurrent of worry
that software patents and licensing could, in the near future, be
used to inhibit open source development or cause Linux to
"Or worse, author and open source advocate Bruce Perens said,
'Technically, there are people with the means and the motivation to
shut down open source software, especially Linux...'"