two things here:
RedHat will fight this why?
See JBOSS patent issue that RedHat is fighting as we speak and:
"Red Hat, based in Raleigh, N.C., had partnered with, sources close to Red Hat indicate that
it has made a deal with Fluendo, the Spanish Linux/Solaris multimedia company. The RHGD
codices are meant to be used as plug-ins for the GStreamer Multimedia Framework. GStreamer, in
turn, is used by many Linux multimedia applications such as the Totem video player, Rhythmbox
music player, Banshee music player, Elisa media center and Jokosher sound editor.
Talks with Microsoft broke down, according to sources, after Microsoft refused to license the
codices to Red Hat without a patent deal. Red Hat has repeatedly said it has no interest in
signing a patent partnership with Microsoft."
RedHat and deals re patents- well make your own conclusions.
Then there is this:
Open Invention Network: Oracle, RedHat, Novell, Google, NEC, Sony and IBM.
Will they join forces as they all said?
IBM, Oracle (built using RHEL sources), Sun + others might want to wait or join now as they
will face the same troll. Yes I am choose to use troll.