RE: Linux stifles innovation...

James Sutherland (
Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:10:39 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 16 Feb 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Feb 2001, Alan Olsen wrote:
> > I expect the next thing that will happen is that they will get
> > patents on key portions of their protocols and then start
> > enforcing them.
> If Microsoft would start pissing off IBM and other major
> companies which have big business interests in Linux by
> invoking their patents, I can just imagine IBM coming down
> on Microsoft with their own patents ...
> "Hey you! Stop flipping those bits! Hold it right there!
> ... Don't you flip any more bits, read this patent first..."
> (and I'm sure they must have patents on _setting_ bits as
> well ;))

Apparently they DO have a patent on the tab key - you thought Amazon's
"one click shopping" patent was bad?!


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