How Oracle sees open source may not be how you see open source

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 18, 2010 8:17 AM EDT
Computerworld; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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Many open-source developers and business people are upset that Oracle is suing Google over Java patents in Android. These people have reason to worry. This case could change not just how they use Java but how open-source development is done at all. So why would Oracle, a Linux-supporter in its own right, introduce the evil of software patents into open-source programming? My answer: Because Larry Ellison, Oracle's CEO, thinks the company can profit from it.

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