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SubjectRe: patent on O_ATOMICLOOKUP [Re: [PATCH] loopable tmpfs (2.4.17)]
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On Sunday 26 May 2002 16:21, yodaiken@fsmlabs.com wrote:
> On Sun, May 26, 2002 at 04:09:46PM +0200, Roman Zippel wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > On Sun, 26 May 2002 yodaiken@fsmlabs.com wrote:
> >
> > > > It's been asserted that the patent licence requires that _all_
userspace
> > > > apps running on the system by GPL'd. Yet there are many Free Software
> > > > applications in a standard Linux distribution that are under
> > > > GPL-incompatible licences. Apache, xinetd, etc...
> > > >
> > > > If that interpretation is true, it _would_ be a problem, and not just
for
> > > > those trying to make money from it.
> > >
> > > That interpretation is not just false, it is silly.
> >
> > Then why don't you specify in the license what "use of the Patented
> > Process" means?
> >
> > bye, Roman
>
> It means just what it says.

>From your August 12, 2000 linuxdevices interview:

RL: OK, so let's talk about the "infamous" RTLinux patent. What's up with
that patent?

...

RL: Could that potentially be used to block RTAI from being LGPL?

Yodaiken: RTLinux is released under the GPL. I have an agreement with
Linus that nobody who uses RTLinux with Linux will have to pay royalties.

My question: do you stand by this, at least? If so, will you put that in
writing for the rest of us? Did you really mean what you said, or did you
add conditions later, such as 'only unmodified RTLinux blessed by me'? If
not, then I should be able to backport most RTAI features to RTLinux and call
the result RTLinux. Would that be consistent with your agreement with Linus?

--
Daniel
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