Winmodem-like solid state storage
Posted Apr 12, 2009 0:42 UTC (Sun) by dwmw2
In reply to: Winmodem-like solid state storage
Parent article: Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop, day 2
"So you're saying there is innovation to be done. That means there's something for someone to monopolize with a patent.
"At least with a black box, the patents are all paid for as part of acquiring the box. In contrast, when you need a patent license to run some code in your own Linux system, it usually means the code is useless."
That's a very pessimistic viewpoint. If you truly believe that the patent system is so
broken and abused that it prevents all innovation, I'd recommend a career in goat-herding. You obviously wouldn't want to be involved in any form of innovative software development — either Free Software or otherwise.
Thankfully, I don't think it's a valid viewpoint either — as broken as the patent system is, I don't think it's time to throw in the towel just yet.
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