Meaningful vs. meaningless support from businesses
Posted Oct 1, 2010 4:02 UTC (Fri) by FlorianMueller
In reply to: Meaningful vs. meaningless support from businesses
Parent article: Red Hat Responds to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Request for Guidance on Bilski
I'm sure Oracle, IBM and SAP share most of their code. Give me a break.
Sharing code across companies with a different focus only makes sense for larger pieces. Cross-licensing patents is another thing.
There are plenty of problems when trying to integrate open source code available under one license into code under another. GPLv2 isn't even compatible with GPLv3...
Yeah, and Bill Gates and Larry Ellison are not worth $80G combined. Where were you in the last two decades?
Aggressive questions like the last one don't strengthen any of your arguments. Of course I'm aware of the money that's been made in that sector. That's part of capitalism, and as long as competition rules are enforced properly, wealth creation is a good thing. The biggest achievement of those entrepreneurs is not that they made themselves mega-multi-billionaires but that they made many of their employees (typically through stock options) millionaires over the years.
Red Hat has reached a market cap of $8 billion, so it has also had that effect, but the ratio between the value it created in terms of stock and the employment it created for the economy appears less favorable.
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