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    SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
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    In message <199812200211.VAA04581@saturn.cs.uml.edu>, "Albert D. Cahalan" write
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    > The problem: if IBM supplies 24x7 support for Linux, they will want
    > to tweak the code to help their customers. No problem, and it falls
    > under the GPL of course. What if IBM uses an IBM patent? It would be
    > very bad (from their point of view) if that somehow gave everyone
    > rights to the patent.

    Doesn't IBM own patents on things like shared copy-on-write and other
    techniques used in the Linux kernel?

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