> The organizations you gave haven't solved any patent-related problem. You just promote organizations funded by IBM and Red Hat and some of their allies.
Ah, right, it's one of those irregular verbs: I spout truth from pure motives, you make questionable statements, he publishes propaganda.
If you define the problem as overturning the US patent system, then possibly you might be correct. If you define the problem as protecting the Linux and Open Source ecosystem from patent threats, then you're completely wrong. I choose the latter definition.
> Especially the Open Invention Network has shown its complete failure already: both Google and Oracle are OIN licensees but Oracle sues Google anyway, over a Linux distribution although the OIN claims to protect Linux.
The Oracle/Google spat isn't a community threat:
Firstly, the patents and copyrights are available to anyone who wants to produce a GPL version of the JVM derived from the oracle one.
Secondly, if you think about it, by providing resources to organisations who specifically reverse engineer something to escape from the copyleft provisions of the GPL we'd be endorsing that behaviour. That would throw a nice spanner in the works of GPL enforcement actions if anyone could say "reverse engineering" and watch us fight internally.
> Your claim that Linux is relatively safe because of those organizations is unfounded and unsubstantiated, and in my view, it's completely wrong. Those organizations haven't made any meaningful contribution. There's been and there continues to be on an ongoing basis a lot of patent enforcement concerning Linux. Just look at the Android situation. Look at Amazon, Salesforce, TomTom, HTC and so many others having agreed to pay royalties on patents that pretty obviously read on Linux.
Your view seems to be a bit clouded. If I take TomTom, the settlement was achieved the moment they took an OIN license. Furthermore, Microsoft acknowledged indirectly that the settlement was a direct result of this action, and finally it caused them to rethink their direct attack strategy. I think that's more of a result than other approaches have yet achieved.