On Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:39:26 -0400, amicus_curious wrote:
"Doug Mentohl" <address@hidden> wrote in message
But he really didn't say anything about these companies using software.
It was sort of a non-answer to the question.
this article .. is rather 4th hand and not a very compelling analysis ..
Said he as he totally failed to address or refute anything in the article.
"Yes, other companies have signed FAT patent licenses, both in the context
of patent cross licensing agreements and other licensing arrangements."
'Contrary to what Microsoft may state about this not being about Linux,
tying up companies that use Linux and open source in patent licensing
agreements cuts to the very core of one of the things that's kept Linux
and open-source alive: free distribution of the kernel and code'
Well you are going to belive what you want to belive and I will do the same.
At the end of the day, it will be the judge and jury who will have to be
believed regardless of what either of us think or Jeremy Allison as well.
Who could sue TomTom and the others who are thought to be violating the GPL
by both signing deals with Microsoft for patent use and distributing GPL
code simultaneously? TomTom does not use Samba, I would think, and so
Jeremy cannot sue, so who could sue and what would they assert? The only
fact that anyone could glean would be that TomTom settled the suit filed by
Microsoft and that there are a number of companies using GPL that are not
being sued by Microsoft. What would the complaint be in such a lawsuit?
That the GPL users are being harmed by Microsoft not suing a bunch of
companies? That sounds a little ridiculous, don't you think?
'Samba maintainer Jeremy Allison pointed out in a recent blog posting by
writer Glyn Moody that companies who sign up to Microsoft's licensing
cannot continue to distribute their code under GPLv2'
so who are we goign to believe Jeremy Allison or a legalistic Usenet troll
I have a TomTom and it appears to use Linux for the firmware but uses FAT
or FAT32 for the file system.
BTW, here is the EULA for my particular TomTom. This is right off the file
system with the device connected as USB storage device.
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