[Ubuntu-be] bad news: Microsoft Patents Sudo

Pierre Buyle mongolito404+ubuntu-be at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 10:16:37 GMT 2009


I'm not sure there is nothing to worries about. I've not read this patent
but I bet it is yet another vague one over a nearly trivial idea expressed
in a way allowing broader interpretation when necessary but with a narrower
one at first read. For a good example of such patents, search the web for
the"limited resource computing device". This specific wording is used in
Microsoft's patents. And what does it means ? All computing devices have
limited resource, except for the theoretical ones such as the universal
Turing machine. But for pro-patent folks, this restrict the patents to
embedded device such as small dives like PDA and smartphone. And even if
they are right, with the blurring of lines between handleds, netbooks,
subnotebooks and laptops, how could one be sure that his/her software is not
covered by theses patents ?

I believe, as many, that software patents are bad. And not only to free and
open source softwares but for our whole economy. The basic idea behind
patents was good, but its implementation is flawed and abused. I don't think
it can be fixed in the US and I don't want it in the EU. Visit
http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/ for more information.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM, kenneth westelinck <
kenneth.westelinck at telenet.be> wrote:

> No worries:
> http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/opensource/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=221700117
> Y P wrote:
> > Is this true ?
> >
> > http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20091111094923390
> > (EN)
> >
> >
> http://www.clubic.com/actualite-310444-microsoft-brevet-commande-type-sudo.html
> > (FR)
> >
> > Y P
> >
> >
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