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[News] Nokia Would Fight to Defend Linux From Microsoft's Extortion Racket

  • Subject: [News] Nokia Would Fight to Defend Linux From Microsoft's Extortion Racket
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 12:24:21 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Nokia and Intel defensive on MeeGo Linux patents

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| Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's vice president of MeeGo 
| devices, told The Reg  Tuesday that Intel 
| and Nokia could "guarantee and promise" 
| that MeeGo is safe from any and all patent 
| claims because of the size and breadth of 
| the companies' patent portfolios, and also 
| because of the size of Intel and Nokia 
| themselves. MeeGo is based on the Linux 
| kernel and uses common components such as 
| X-Windows and Gstreamer.
| "Both Nokia and Intel have a huge patent 
| portfolio and we have put our investment 
| into the standard Linux-based platform. 
| That's a guarantee and promise that it's 
| safe for anyone to take this platform 
| because we will look after your investment 
| with our patent platform," Jaaksi said.
| "With the big patent portfolios already 
| backing up MeeGo as an operating system, 
| that should make some of the concerns go 
| away... we'll defend that with our patent 
| portfolio."


Patent Standoff

,----[ Quote ]
| Interesting news. While M$ runs amok 
| threatening to sue the world over rumoured 
| patent violations in GNU/Linux, Nokia and 
| Intel are promising to protect customers 
| from such suits. 


Patents, Patents, Everywhere...


Patents, Patents, Everywhere...

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| Then, just to make things more interesing, 
| poor old HTC was accused by Microsoft of 
| infringing on its patents â except in this 
| case, HTC decided to settle, so we don't 
| know exactly what those patents were. 
| Here's what Microsoft said:
| Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a 
| patent agreement that provides broad 
| coverage under Microsoftâs patent portfolio 
| for HTCâs mobile phones running the Android 
| mobile platform. Under the terms of the 
| agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties 
| from HTC.
| Notice that it specifies âmobile phones 
| running the Android mobile platformâ, which 
| seems an indirect way of implying that HTC 
| has paid for âproblemsâ with Linux, on 
| which Android is based. Thus, a little more 
| FUD can be spread about Linux's supposed 
| infringement on Microsoft's monopolies, 
| without actually making any real claim that 
| needs supporting by facts.



Comparing Maemo & Ubuntu

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| While Iâve occasionally been critical of
| Ubuntu as a project, it is a distribution
| with very open processes, for the most
| part.
| Iâd like to compare the experience of a
| casual Ubuntu user, an engaged Ubuntu user,
| an Ubuntu developer, and an upstream
| application developer to the equivalent
| MeeGo or Maemo experiences.
| The casual Ubuntu user gets regular stable
| updates on a predictable schedule, with
| long-term supported versions less
| frequently, but still on a predictable
| schedule. Stability, releases, this user
| doesnât want to know what happens behind
| the scene, he wants to get software when
| itâs âdoneâ.

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