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Patent Infringment suit against Linux

atess (1172497) writes | about 7 years ago

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atess (1172497) writes "Well its finally happened, according to Groklaw "The first ever patent infringement litigation regarding Linux" has been filed. details are at http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141"
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Not against Linux (1)

l2718 (514756) | about 7 years ago | (#20949133)

The patent in question is for the idea of multiple desktops, something not implemented in the linux kernel (except in the context of virtual consoles) but rather in the various window managers for X11 distributed by Red Hat. So it's not even a GNU/Linux issue: installing the good ol' tvtwm [wikipedia.org] of 1990 over X11 would also create a system which persuambly infringes this patent. I wonder when it became possible to patent the past. PS: Novell has also been sued. Ha-Ha

Re:Not against Linux (1)

xipietotec (1100869) | about 7 years ago | (#20950335)

Not only that, but the concept itself goes back to IBM's PARC and BeOS. So this is obviously a spurious and bad patent. I Hope to see them go down like SCO.

Re:Not against Linux (1)

someone1234 (830754) | about 7 years ago | (#20950487)

Nowadays multiple desktops exist in any windowed OS.
You can have them even in Windows (though you need 3rd party stuff).
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