On Wed, 22 Oct 2008 19:48:57 -0700, Tim Smith wrote:

> Interesting entry on Roy's web site. In an article title "Novell's
> Michael Meeks Gets Software Patent from the UK", Roy writes:
>
> IT IS worth re-emphasising that while Novell purports to be an
> advocate of open source software (not Free software), its
> mixed-source claims take such ambition to task and Novellıs business
> is still overwhelmingly reliant on proprietary software. Moreover,
> Novell is not against software patents. In fact, itıs actively
> obtaining quite a few.
>
> In recent days we have been writing about Symbianıs destruction of a
> saner legal system in the UK. It is therefore interesting
> to find that Novellıs Michael Meeks, despite being based in the UK,
> is pursuing software patents in the USPTO, for Novellıs benefit and
> on their very own behalf.
>
> How come, Roy, you don't ever write about Alan Cox, despite being based
> in the UK, having obtained 4 patents for Red Hat? Here are the patent
> numbers and titles, for the curious:
>
> 7,409,555
> Electronic document active content assurance
>
> 7,260,749
> Hot plug interfaces and failure handling
>
> 7,107,314
> Mail system synchronization using multiple message identifiers
>
> 7,024,499
> Cache only queue option for cache controller
>
> Those are another 11 Red Hat patents not involving Alan Cox:
>
> 7,412,710
> System, method, and medium for efficiently obtaining the addresses of
> thread-local variables
>
> 7,409,403
> Alert management data infrastructure and configuration generator
>
> 7,406,473
> Distributed file system using disk servers, lock servers and file servers
>
> 7,404,150
> Searching desktop objects based on time comparison
>
> 7,386,673
> Method for tracking of non-resident pages
>
> 7,082,424
> Method and apparatus for atomic file look-up
>
> 6,988,142
> Method and apparatus for handling communication requests at a server
> without context switching
>
> 6,950,868
> Method of and apparatus for remote monitoring
>
> 6,944,793
> Method of remote monitoring
>
> 6,886,004
> Method and apparatus for atomic file look-up
>
> 6,754,891
> Debugger system using tracepoints for computer software
>
> So, how long until you have boycottredhat.com running?


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