Linux in Europe
Posted Mar 15, 2005 20:48 UTC (Tue) by fergal
Parent article: Linux in Europe
This whole article seems to have an unjustified attitude of European superiority to it (I'm European by the way). For example:
While software patents were adopted in the USA without much publicity or protests, the European open source community has put up a strong fight and, at the very least, succeeded in delaying the adoption of the controversial law.
This glosses over the fact that all the relevant court rulings (which aren't exactly influenced by public protests) happened quite a bit before the free software movement became organised (the original software patent case was in 1980). If things had happened along the same timeline in Europe there's absolutely no way that the European developer community would have stopped them, in fact I'd say it's only because we can see the mess they've made in America that people have been motivated enough to protest.
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