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Re: [opensuse] Fact or Fiction? Possible Novell Ban
  • From: "John E. Perry" <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 17:52:10 -0500
  • Message-id: <45CA581A.4030703@xxxxxxx>
James Knott wrote:
> Patrick Shanahan wrote:
>> * John E. Perry <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx> [02-04-07 23:38]:
>>> Darryl Gregorash wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>> There are no MS patents in code in any GPL software. There never
>>>> will be.
>>> That is a statement that neither you nor anyone else outside of
>>> Microsoft management can make. They have gotten thousands of
>>> software patents in the past couple of years, and we don't know what
>>> they cover, or, more to the point, what Microsoft will _say_ they
>>> cover.
>> And Mickey$oft's word is good for ????
> Once they've got a patent, it has to be challenged. Remember what
> happened with RIM and the Blackberry. They had to pay about 1/2 billion
> for infringing on a patent that was well on it's way to being invalidated.

Thanks, James. Good to see there's someone else here who doesn't have
his head in the sand.


John Perry
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