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    SubjectRe: patent on O_ATOMICLOOKUP [Re: [PATCH] loopable tmpfs (2.4.17)]


    On Fri, 24 May 2002, Karim Yaghmour wrote:
    >
    > This matter remained unchanged until the FSF came out later and
    > declared publicly that the patent was violating the GPL.

    Side note: they did this, apparently while Caldera was in the process of
    suing FSMlabs over the fact that they didn't want to pay for their
    OpenUnix usage... Hmm..

    > I could have understood that this was indeed genuine, but here we
    > have Eben Moglen, a respected lawyer,

    I would be a _lot_ happier with Moglen if he didn't have so many ties to
    the FSF, and being biased. These days you can apparently buy a "gpl
    compliance certification" from the FSF for $20k. Those kinds of ties do
    _not_ make me any happier about the FSF's status as an independent entity.

    The RT part of an app under RTLinux has to be a kernel module anyway, and
    as I personally consider the GPL to be the only kind of module I care
    about, I think that is good.

    Whatever non-RT tools used to visualize the RT data equally clearly aren't
    covered by _that_ particular patent, so I think the whole thing is a
    complete and utter red herring.

    Linus


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