US threat to Free Software

Posted by dave on Nov 30, 2004 10:21 PM EDT
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Richard Stallman, the man who coined the term "free software", and others in the community understand their biggest threat. The right a patent grants to its holder to exclude others from making, using or selling their invention is a direct contradiction to their aspiration to allow software to be freely copied, distributed and modified. Little wonder also that Microsoft has latched on to the ambiguity this issue has created. Steve Ballmer's open industry email highlighted indemnification along side costs and security as Windows' three key strengths over Linux.

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