Of patents, open source, and IBM
Apr 13, 2010, 00:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"After covering the war of words over IBM's use of
patents in a business dispute with French start-up TurboHercules
and giving my two cents on this open-source family fight, I'd hope
the matter would die down. I was wrong.
"Florien Mueller, the founder of the European NoSoftwarePatents
campaign, who started this most recent open-source internal fuss,
has now published an analysis which claims that some of the patents
"IBM asserted against Hercules may also read on other major Free
and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects, including but not limited
to OpenBSD, Xen, VirtualBox, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization,
MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and Kaffe."