Questions that need answering
Posted Dec 6, 2006 18:17 UTC (Wed) by NigelK
In reply to: Questions that need answering
Parent article: Of hypocrisy and the FSF (Libervis)
If those 27 patents are invalid, then all the criticism (especially levelled by Groklaw) directed towards Novell recently will have been validated. Also, there's no possible danger resulting from reading invalid patents. Of course, that would put Pamela Jones in a tight spot as it would show that OSRM was blowing smoke and spreading FUD whilst she was working for them.
If all or some of those patents are valid, then Pamela Jones especially has some explaining to do.
That OSRM data has become very important to our understanding of this issue. It's time to publish that data.
But, of course, no one could accuse Jones of hypocrisy. No wonder Jones is trying to use scare tactics to convince people it would be a bad idea (or even just a "very unwise" one) to publish that data.
So, let's sort this out once and for all, and publish the numbers of those 27 Microsoft patents.
As for the FSF - it's very easy to attribute all sorts of deeds to them when no one else can verify it. I'd like to see some proof of dealings with Novell and Microsoft rather than them publically acting as if the GPL2 never existed and that GPL3 would fix the world's problems. Until then, I think these questions should be asked, and asked frequently.
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