[linux-elitists] Patent Concerns Unlikely To Nix Munich Linux Plan (fwd from email@example.com)
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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Date: 29 Sep 2004 04:26:03 -0000
Subject: Patent Concerns Unlikely To Nix Munich Linux Plan
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 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 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."
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