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Fix the real bug not the symptom

Fix the real bug not the symptom

Posted May 5, 2009 18:12 UTC (Tue) by copsewood (subscriber, #199)
In reply to: No Software Patent by patrick_g
Parent article: Long discussions about long names

Perhaps a more global compile time option is needed so that US Linux users or distributors who are paranoid about being sued could compile a kernel with anything anyone claims as a software patent compiled out of it, or even a milder compile option which removes only what is claimed as patents by technology companies or trolls likely to sue.

The rest of the world and those in the US willing to take the risk can continue to have kernels compiled without this option based upon sound technical as opposed to broken legal considerations. As Linux and related computing and electronics jobs migrate to saner countries without broken patent regimes, the real bug can then be fixed: by unemployed US engineers demanding amendment of patent laws of their representatives which don't result in the export of US jobs.


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