Groklaw going downhill...
Posted Nov 12, 2009 17:56 UTC (Thu) by dw
Parent article: Microsoft Patents Sudo?!! (Groklaw)
High melodrama is all I can say. I'm no lawyer, but even a cursory glance at the text makes it clear that this is not a "patent on sudo". At the least it describes, in very specific, patenty terms, a particular mechanism for a graphical sudo-alike system.
Etc. blah, blah. Dude. It's sudo. With a gui. Sudo for Dummies.
That's what it is.
From my limited understanding of such things, that is not how patents work at all. If we can make a single byte tweak to fatfs to work around patent claims, then the mere fact 'our' sudo isn't graphical in the least is enough to indicate this claim covers an entirely different 'invention'.
There is nothing surprising about this patent. You can find crap like it pumped out by big software companies every day of the week, including from supposedly 'open source friendly' big names, for why, I have no idea.
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