The devil is in the details
Posted Jan 13, 2005 15:18 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: The devil is in the details
Parent article: IBM's patent pledge
This is something Lucent tried when they released Plan 9 under similar conditions. Arguably, they doomed Plan 9 by it. By the time Lucent released it under a really-free license, the hardware base had moved on, Plan 9 had already been dismissed from most potential adopters' minds, and Linux had matured.
IBM's game is different enough that it might turn out better for them, but this sort of trick tends to bite back in surprising ways.
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