EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

10.26.07

The Agreement in Europe Could Drive Free Software Projects to Other Countries

Posted in America, Antitrust, Deals, Europe, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Patents, Samba at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Remember FFII's statement about Europe's agreement with Microsoft? Well, it has just received some press coverage.

EU Commissioner Kroes’ deal with Microsoft creates real dangers to Europe’s growing open source economy, warns the FFII.

The following article from Australia goes further and looks deeper at this new scenario. It seems to actually conclude that the conditions imposed after the deal will give reasons for developers to escape a defective patent system and potentially settle in Europe.

Under terms of the ruling, Microsoft will publish an irrevocable pledge not to assert any patents it may have over the interoperability information against non-commercial open source software development projects.

There appear to be conflicting interpretations of this agreement, so it remains a little confusing. Eventually, everything will become clearer as opinions converge and reach a consensus.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

A Single Comment

  1. Sam Hiser said,

    October 26, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Gravatar

    It took me a long time working on OpenOffice.org to recognize that there was a good reason for (the paid) developers of OpeOffice.org and StarOffice to be Irish & German (working, at the time, in Dublin, Paderborn & Hamburg).

    I had been racking my brain for a good while (before and during assuming the role of Marketing Project Lead) on why it was so difficult for that project to attract Free Software participants. People aren’t often in the habit of walking up to your face and telling you your project is shit. Only Michael Meeks is that honest; but Michael had (still has) the character to act to improve the situation (not just jaw-bone).

    The terrible & time-consuming build process was one reason; another was the labyrinthine Copyright Assignment process (which took weeks for the legal paperwork to settle before code was acceptable); yet another was the Sun engineers’ unrelenting grip on commit access. All this had resulted in a highly crufty & old code base — which was not very attractive once someone had come and wasted the sufficient effort to glean the situation.

    Not long after I had left the project, the patent aspect also penetrated my thick skull.

    Developers have been and still remain intelligent enough to know where they are wanted and where their efforts can make an impact; and also where they may be put in legal jeopardy for no equivalent benefit. They go elsewhere.

    IBM will need more than 35 developers — and possibly that many years — to get something like the value Sun leeched from Microsoft ($2 Billion) or to improve the software and project to where it even qualifies as open source.

    This is why people move on — or, for the smarter ones, stay away to begin with.

What Else is New


  1. Justice Peter Huber Speaking to a Front Group of Team UPC May Compromise the Integrity of the FCC and Its Outcomes

    The public reaction, even from some legal professionals, isn't too positive, seeing how judges from BVerfG (FCC) speak to the mouthpieces of Team UPC (biased and in the pockets of the litigation 'industry')



  2. Injustice at Every Level Would Simply Doom the Entire Patent System

    Repeated failure to restore the Rule of Law and enforce accountability/oversight in Europe's patent system renders the entire system moot; it is a case of adherence to basic constitutional pillars



  3. Understanding Thierry Breton: Thierry and the $100 Billion Man

    Thierry Breton's connections to the tax avoidance ploy of his friend Bernard Arnault



  4. Links 21/11/2019: Mesa 19.3.0 RC4, Canonical SPS

    Links for the day



  5. Links 21/11/2019: Charmed OSM, Mesa 19.2.5, DXVK 1.4.5, Zorin OS 15 Lite

    Links for the day



  6. Understanding Thierry Breton: Atos Healthcare - “The Ugly Face of Business”

    "...2,380 people died after their claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) ended because a work capability assessment (WCA) found that they were found fit for work."



  7. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    IRC logs for Wednesday, November 20, 2019



  8. Microsoft Tim: Microsoft is Now Defending Linux

    The difference between fiction and reality



  9. Justice Peter Huber of the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) Calls 'Bullshit' a Rumour Nobody Really Spreads

    A sort of 'trial by media' (by Team UPC) compromises the integrity of the case (constitutional complaint) and can be interpreted as judges succumbing to lobbying/pressure from those who conspire to violate many constitutions across Europe for personal/financial gain



  10. Understanding Thierry Breton: What Thierry Did Next...

    "Whether by coincidence or not, when Atos announced in 2010 that it would acquire Siemens’ IT unit, it was the 32-year-old Macron at Rothschild who advised Breton on the deal."



  11. Links 20/11/2019: HONOR MagicBook With GNU/Linux, Coreboot 4.11, GNU Health Patchset 3.6.1

    Links for the day



  12. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    IRC logs for Tuesday, November 19, 2019



  13. EPO Geared Towards Financial Exploitation of Europe Instead of Serving Europe

    For the financial benefit of law firms and patent offices (they profit from processing loads of patents and lawsuits) Europe is being reverted back to Medieval Times when exercising invention and free thought (or free coding) was a luxury of the rich alone



  14. Microsoft and IBM Are the Patent Trolls, They Won't Protect Us From Trolls

    "Microsoft has no taste" and IBM has no taste, either; they're lying to our collective face together with OIN and the 'Linux' Foundation



  15. How Ralph Nader Put It

    Ralph Nader on money in politics



  16. ZDNet (CBS) Associates GNU/Linux Users With ISIS

    Response to "US student was allegedly building a custom Gentoo Linux distro for ISIS," just published by ZDNet and composed by their biggest troll, Catalin Cimpanu



  17. Understanding Thierry Breton: Noël Forgeard and His “Golden Parachute”

    The end of the first half of the Breton series; in this particular part we continue to cover the EADS scandal and the second half of this series will include the EPO connections (the vote in a plenary for Breton's nomination is due 27/11)



  18. Links 19/11/2019: Zswap's B-Tree Search Implementation, WordPress 5.2.4

    Links for the day



  19. We've Already Entered the Era When Patents Should be Presumed Invalid

    The abundance of low-quality patents may mean short-term profits for patent offices and law firms; but we know at whose expense they are profiting and the legitimacy of patent systems suffers as a result



  20. Jean-Luc Breton

    Breton a champion of obstruction and obfuscation



  21. Understanding Thierry Breton: Insider-Trading Scandal at EADS

    Although Breton was not directly implicated in the insider trading scandal itself he did come under fire in 2007 for the role he played in a side-show to the main story, namely the payment of a generous € 8.5m severance package to Noël Forgeard when the EADS co-CEO was compelled to resign in June 2006.



  22. Startpage is Not Denying Its Betrayal of Privacy, It is Just Being Evasive

    They can't call you a liar if you issue a non-denying 'denial'; the "Roll Safe Think About It" meme seems applicable here



  23. Guest Post: Open Source is Not Free Software

    "If you look at human history, you can see lots of similar ideas, movements, intellectuals who are affected by the power of the ruling class like this."



  24. IRC Proceedings: Monday, November 18, 2019

    IRC logs for Monday, November 18, 2019



  25. Links 19/11/2019: HPC Focus and LibreOffice 6.4 Beta

    Links for the day



  26. Understanding Thierry Breton: “Rhodiagate” and the Vivendi Universal Affair

    When the "Rhodia affair" became the "Breton affair"



  27. Links 18/11/2019: Last Linux RC, OSMC Updated

    Links for the day



  28. What GitHub is to Open Source

    Lots of prisoners inside GitHub



  29. Openwashing Institutionalised NPEs (OIN) and Software Patents With Notorious Managers From the EPO

    There’s a strong push for software patents in Europe (basically fake European Patents on abstract ideas) and IAM leads/participates in it with help from OIN, Grant Philpott (EPO) and — maybe soon — Breton (EU)



  30. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, November 17, 2019

    IRC logs for Sunday, November 17, 2019


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts