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    SubjectRe: Linux v2.6.9 and GPL Buyout
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    On Wed, 2004-10-20 at 00:18, Lee Revell wrote:
    > On Tue, 2004-10-19 at 23:45, Ryan Anderson wrote:
    > > RCU - originally a paper, implemented in Dynix and in other operating
    > > systems from the paper (and patent), implemented in Linux as well.
    >
    > You could also make a strong argument that that patent is invalid
    > because RCU is obvious.

    (replying to myself to avert flames) OK, after reading the RCU docs, in
    all fairness there is a lot more to it than I described, in particular
    the database analogy is not quite valid because most of the hard parts
    are handled automagically by the DB. But, my point remains valid, RCU
    seems like too general a concept to be patentable, and would probably be
    obvious to many people on this list.

    Lee


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