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SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
Albert,

I am kind of monitoring this list until I get up to speed but could you
go a little further in depth explaining some of the issues involved with
the patents on these technologies? Also are the expiration dates on
these patents known? I would appreciate it alot as I am sure others
would.

> IPv6 routing Several good algorithms are prohibited.
> compression Arithmetic encoding (bzip), MPEG, audio, GIF...
> encryption Idea, RSA, some kinds of key exchange...
> color management The gimp can't do it. Damn.
> filesystem updates We can't do delayed ordered writes.
> OSPF The IETF is not happy with this one!
> quality-of-service Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) QoS
> register allocation Ever wonder why VC++ code can beat g++ code?
> PPP Can't return a useful error code to the other side.
> drivers/net/zlib.c Must use code with nonlinear time requirements.

Thanks.
Sean
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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can
alter his life by altering his attitude"
- William James

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