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07.26.10

Software Patents Versus GNU/Linux, Disguised as Help to GNU/Linux

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 9:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Centrify

Summary: More news from Centrify and Protecode, which pretend to help when they actually cause harm (with FUD and Microsoft patent tax)

THE SFLC has just published another analysis about software patents in the United States (post Bilski). It opens as follows:

In the haze of confusion surrounding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the appeals board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a ruling last week that takes a definitive stand against the worst kinds of patents that threaten software developers every day.

Software patents are the greatest threat to Free software, except for corporate entities as opposed to phenomena/laws alone.

Centrify [1, 2, 3, 4] is one example of companies that seek software patents and then use them to make GNU/Linux more expensive and a few days ago we found this new press release

The acceptance of Linux as an enterprise operating system has led to its use in high volume applications found in financial trading companies. TekVault Corporation (www.tekvault.com) a Rockaway, NJ regulatory compliance consultancy and service provider was chosen by First New York Securities, a premier principal trading firm headquartered in New York City, to provide the Centrify DirectControl and DirectAuthorize suite to help them manage and secure their fast growing Linux environment.

This is an advertisement for Centrify, which actually promotes Microsoft’s agenda (despite the headline). Another firm of a similar nature is Protecode, whose nature we covered before. It has this press release, which was parroted only by the site which pretends press releases are articles (TMCNet). To quote Jefferson, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

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