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Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal

From: Rick
Subject: Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 15:12:09 -0500
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On Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:19:05 -0400, Linonut wrote:

> * Rick peremptorily fired off this memo:
>> Maybe you missed the parts where the OSS community is generally unhappy
>> that Red Hat settled... and you missed the parts where Red Hat says the
>> settlement covers upstream and downstream distributors, as well as the
>> community.
> I don't know why they should be unhappy with it.  If Free software is
> going to drive business, it will have to be protected in the same way
> that other business software is protected:  by paying protection money
> to patent trolls and other scumbags.
> RedHat's payment is a drop in the bucket compared to what other
> companies (e.g. Microsoft) have paid out.

Apparently, the community is unhappy because they think through the suit, 
the patent might have been invalidated.


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