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  1. Sony, IBM, and Philips Create a Linux Alliance

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    With the creation of the 'Open Invention Network,' the founders hope to
    speed the adoption of Linux and more readily threaten Microsoft's iron
    grip on the OS space.
    By Carl Bender - November 10, 2005


    Today brought with it the announcement of a new corporate entity
    founded by IBM, Philips, and Sony to protect and speed the adoption of
    Linux through the buy-up and royalty-free licensing of a number of
    software patents. Dubbed OIN, for Open Invention Network, the entity
    already enjoys the cooperation and membership of premier Linux
    distributors Novell and Red Hat.

    The ultimate goal of the OIN initiative is to locate and purchase any
    number of software patents that may be seen as a potential source for a
    lawsuit down the line against any profitable distributors and users of
    the Linux operating system. As an example, SCO has been engaged for
    several years in a lawsuit against IBM claiming just such an
    infringement, and this lawsuit could probably be seen as one of the key
    catalysts for forming such an initiative as the Open Invention Network.


    Microsoft presently uses this very line of reasoning when attempting to
    dissuade corporate customers from going to the open-source movement,
    pushing the notion that such operating systems such as Linux might open
    up their users to potential legal troubles.

    In a sense, by 'securing' Linux legally as a viable and risk-free OS
    for customers to use, the thinking is that adoption will be greatly
    facilitated throughout the corporate space. Retired IBM VP of IP Jerry
    Rosenthal has assumed the CEO role at the Open Invention Network and
    has claimed that the well-funded group already has all that it needs in
    order to go forth and accomplish it's mission.

    Sony's role in the alliance certainly stands out, implying a strategic
    push at the company to spread the adoption of Linux, and perhaps in
    tandem, adoption of it's new Cell architecture.


  2. Re: Sony, IBM, and Philips Create a Linux Alliance

    multi-core wrote:

    > Sony's role in the alliance certainly stands out, implying a strategic
    > push at the company to spread the adoption of Linux, and perhaps in
    > tandem, adoption of it's new Cell architecture.


    Wow, no wonder they're going after Sony...

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