""There's a great fear sometimes, that if I use open source,
will I lose my intellectual property?" acknowledged Novell's Levy.
Other panelists Randy Hergett, director of engineering for the Open
Source and Linux Organizations at HP, and Marcus Rex, CTO at the
Linux Foundation, sought to assuage those fears.
"The current license for Linux requires you give back any
changes you make to the open source community, but there's no way
anyone can require those assurances and there's no way we'd know,"
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