[linux-elitists] Patent Concerns Unlikely To Nix Munich Linux Plan (fwd from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Tue Sep 28 23:32:58 PDT 2004


This is bound to have some impact on the local *nix skill job market.

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From: brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org
Date: 29 Sep 2004 04:26:03 -0000
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Subject: Patent Concerns Unlikely To Nix Munich Linux Plan
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Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/29/0037202
Posted by: timothy, on 2004-09-29 01:25:00

   from the that-blue-sky-plucky-upstart dept.
   MonkeyDev writes "Yahoo is reporting that Munich is ready to move
   forward with plans to 'abandon Microsoft Windows in favor of upstart
   rival Linux. The council is [1]expected to take a calculated risk and
   vote through the move, despite concerns about possible software patent
   infringements in the face of coming European Union legislation that
   caused months of delay.' Not everyone is excited about it. A software
   developer at MySQL claims 'Linux violates 283 U.S. software patents.'
   How does the Linux community respond to these claims?" (Florian
   Mueller, the MySQL developer mentioned, isn't opposed to Munich using
   Linux, though -- just the opposite.) Update: 09/29 02:22 GMT by [2]T:
   Marten Mickos of MySQL AB writes with a correction: "Florian Müller is
   an independent software developer and entrepreneur. He is ALSO an
   advisor to MySQL AB but he does not work for the company. He is
   presently engaged in coordinating opposition against software patents
   in EU, and thereby doing all of us within free software and open
   source a great favour."

   IFRAME: [3]pos6

References

   1. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=1&u=/nm/20040928/tc_nm/tech_germany_patents_dc
   2. http://www.monkey.org/~timothy/
   3. http://ads.osdn.com/?ad_id=5008&alloc_id=10851&site_id=1&request_id=2026065

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