No threat to Linux
Posted Oct 15, 2007 20:57 UTC (Mon) by madscientist
In reply to: No threat to Linux
Parent article: A visit from the trolls
That may be so, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone interact directly with the kernel--they always use some kind of user interface. And the vast majority use some kind of GRAPHICAL user interface. And since the early 90's I don't think I've seen any window manager for X that DIDN'T provide multiple desktops in some form--it's not just KDE or Gnome, it's every window manager that is in use today (leaving aside some of the safety WMs like the original twm etc.--if they are still used).
Saying that there's no patent suit against the Linux kernel in no way lessens how important this lawsuit is for all users of Linux-based distributions, not just Red Hat and Novell. Not to mention any other X-based vendor: what about Sun for example? CDE has multiple desktops. HP? IBM? Maybe they already license this patent for their proprietary UNIX offerings. The BSDs don't have any money so they're probably safe, although technically they would infringe as well.
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