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Re: Red Hat on patent FUD

From: RonB
Subject: Re: Red Hat on patent FUD
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:05:23 -0500
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On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 04:38:19 -0500, Roy Schestowitz <> wrote:

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____/ Doug Mentohl on Tuesday 17 March 2009 18:49 : \____

'the purpose of this portfolio is defensive .. because of the threats of
companies that are hostile to FOSS and that have amassed large
stockpiles of overbroad patents'

'Although there have been some recent questions about one of our patent
applications relating to the AMQP specification, they appear to
originate in an attempt to spread FUD. There’s no reasonable, objective
basis for controversy'

It's not really FUD.

The former head of the FFII is sure to publicise information which suggests that Red Hat is not or was not serious about ending software patents. People should not let them off the hook so easily.

So... are you against any commercial sales of Linux? Red Hat has stated (over and over) that their patents are for defensive purposes. The company depends on open source development to survive. Do you think that, at some point, they'll say "Okay, we can take it from here, no more open development... it's all ours now" Have they done ANYTHING to indicate that this is the direction they will be going in the future?

Some people seem to be willing to cut off their noses to spite their face. I just don't get it.

"There's a story there...somewhere"

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