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[News] Samba Lawyer Carlo Piana Criticises Microsoft for Abuse with Patents

  • Subject: [News] Samba Lawyer Carlo Piana Criticises Microsoft for Abuse with Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:04:01 +0100
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Let's keep our eye on the ball

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| The point is that the current Commission is going to 
| step down in a few weeks, and Commissioner Kroes â 
| who has an incredibly good track record on the 
| Microsoft case â might feel the urgency to close 
| everything behind her, leaving the office empty and 
| her case teams without a case. But at which 
| conditions?
| [...]
| The single biggest issue is patents. The current WSPP 
| agreement does not contain any meaningful provision 
| or license or promise or non-assertion pledge or 
| anything that is useful to Free Software projects. 
| Without that clearance, once everything is over, who 
| is going to stop the patents to be asserted or, 
| worse, merely threatened (call it FUD, patent 
| rattling, whatever)? Microsoft has been very clear to 
| reserve this right. If it is home free with a broad 
| undertaking, there will not be any real pressure 
| against the assertion of the patents, apart the 
| reaction of some friendlier companies and of the OIN. 
| We have seen just a small preview with the TomTom 
| case.
| [...]
| And the future will bring Silverlight. And the future 
| will bring OOXML mandated by public authorities as if 
| it was an open standard. And by the way, I am still 
| awaiting the first attempted implementation of 
| ISO/IEC IS 29500 (what the standard is called) 
| because Microsoft Office's file format is not even 
| close to be that, and it is not even ECMA 376. It is 
| a proprietary, undisclosed file format. To add insult 
| to the damage, I start hearing that even those 
| corrections that were hurried in during the Ballot 
| Resolution Meeting to pass the standard like a square 
| pin into a round hole are now rolled back very 
| quietly in JTC1 SC34 â hijacked by Microsoft â 
| because of lack of interoperability with MS Office. 
| Which incidentally confirms my assessment that the 
| implementation is the standard and the standard is 
| the implementation. The process we underwent to 
| approve or disapprove an international standard was 
| merely a sham.


Facebook Sued Over Social Networking Patent

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| Facebook has been sued by a software company in 
| Baltimore that claims the social-networking site is 
| violating a two-year-old patent.


Baltimore firm sues Facebook for patent infringement

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| WhoGlue Inc., a Canton company with fewer than five 
| employees, filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District 
| Court for Delaware, where Facebook is incorporated.
| [...]
| It's unclear whether the patent infringement case that 
| WhoGlue is trying to make against Facebook can be 
| applied to a host of similar social networking sites 
| that use similar technologies for helping their users 
| manage online interactions.



The SMB Blues

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| SMB (Server Message Block) is the network protocol glue
| that binds many file and print servers and clients for
| Windows and Linux, but it's recently been running into some
| trouble. First, Microsoft's proprietary take on it, SMB2,
| has real security problems. Next, Likewise has released a
| new open-source SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System) file
| server software stack to share files among Linux, Mac, Unix
| and Windows computers, which, in the past, had been based
| on Samba, the popular open-source SMB server. Samba's
| leadership is not happy with this.
| [...]
| Meanwhile, back at traditional SMB, which works just fine,
| Likewise recently released Likewise-CIFS and its commercial
| brother, Likewise Open 5.3, under the GPLv2. The company
| claims it is the only commercially supported CIFS/SMB file
| server for storage vendors and enterprises. Likewise-CIFS
| supports both SMB1 and SMB2.
| So what's the problem? As Krishna Ganugapat, VP of
| engineering at Likewise, said in a recent interview, "We
| came to realize that most successful open-source companies
| must be in a position where they control their own
| technology destiny." Later, he said, "We now owned our own
| intellectual property; we held the copyright to all our
| source code."


Tony OBryan - Subject: Translation

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| The story deserves an executive summary:
| "Microsoft writes new software, and the software sucks. A
| Microsoft-funded organization once again tries to kill a
| Microsoft competitor (Samba, therefore Linux)."
| That's the entire gist of the story.

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