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

Jeff Kinz jkinz@kinz.org
Wed Sep 29 06:05:27 PDT 2004


On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 08:32:58AM +0200, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> This is bound to have some impact on the local *nix skill job market.

This information originated from a report done by a company that
sells insurance to protect those using or selling Linux against
intellectual-property litigation.

This story broke at the beginning of August. 
Florian Mueller (sp) is paraphrasing the original report which uses
the phrase "potentially infringes" rather than "violates".  This gives
the announcement a much less menacing import. 

"Linux potentially infringes 283 patents, including 27 held by Microsoft
...but none that have been validated by court judgments."

Here are links to the stories, best one is the first one:
http://www.linuxelectrons.com/article.php?story=20040802140937956&mode=print
http://www.out-law.com/php/page.php?page_id=linuxinfringes1091538238&area=news
http://att.com.com/Group:+Linux+potentially+infringes+283+patents/2100-7344_3-5291403.html

> ----- Forwarded message from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org -----
>    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."
> 

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