Monday, July 6, 2009
My goal was to release one a day, and with some six drafts written, I had material for the first week ready to go.
Given the feedback I received about the goals of this blog and today's announcement from Microsoft the project to identify patents in Linux distributions does not seem very useful anymore.
The announcement confirms the premise that I was trying to prove, that Linux infringes patents and that it was in nobody's interest to pursue lawsuits against open source software.
The blog will change direction and instead of exposing patents that Linux infringes, we will explore the subject of patents in the industry. My other blog post on "The Value of Patents" needs a little bit of work and some updates before it goes live, and will need to be updated to reflect these new developments.
For the time being, I have removed the content of the old blog posts from blogger and destroyed my notes.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
In a suit filed earlier this week, TomTom alleges that Microsoft infringes on four patents in Microsoft Streets and Trips. The product is mapping software that runs on computers and can be used with a small GPS receiver that connects to a laptop. TomTom is asking for triple damages for willful infringement, since it says it had notified Microsoft about its alleged infringement.
Microsoft said it was reviewing TomTom's filing and that it remains committed to a licensing solution and has been for more than a year.
Microsoft has claimed that Linux infringes on a number of its patents. So far all we have heard is rhethoric on both camps. Microsoft has not published the patent numbers that Linux infringes, and the open source community has been divided between those that refuse to license patents from Microsoft (Red Hat being the leader in the space) and those that have (Novell, and a handful of other smaller companies).
The goal of this blog is to shed light into which patents Linux infringes, which technologies to avoid and hopefully to help raise awareness of the patent problem and try to create a patent free Linux system.