Bonum Certa Men Certa

With IBM's Absorption of Red Hat Now Confirmed, at Least by Stockholders, IBM Has Shown No Intent/Plan to Stop Lobbying for Software Patents and Blackmailing With These

Freedom will be deemphasised unless assurances are given

Red Hat puke



Summary: Perhaps it is a taboo subject, but IBM's corporate attitude generally threatens the status quo and just because the acquisition isn't as scary as it could be (Red Hat considered selling to Microsoft) doesn't mean it is benign

SOMETIMES it feels like GNU/Linux is being assimilated rather than winning the battle. It's being turned into a proprietary software driver/carrier, e.g. at the "Linux Foundation", and as we've just noted, the Open Invention Network (OIN) makes a shotgun wedding of patents and patent trolls with Linux. In a sense, GNU/Linux gradually becomes what its opponents and competitors want it to become. Containers, Snaps, Flatpaks etc. are ramps for proprietary software and systemd greatly limits freedom and compartmentalisation. It gives Red Hat and soon (by extension) IBM a lot of power. Not POWER€® but actual power.



"In a sense, GNU/Linux gradually becomes what its opponents and competitors want it to become."Red Hat has long been the leader in GNU/Linux development and thus policy. Will IBM inherit that position? That might be dangerous and counterproductive. The main issue, to us at least, is IBM's stance on software patents, putting aside IBM's love of proprietary software.

There have been many headlines about Blackberry suing Twitter like it did Facebook (even in Europe!), never mind if IBM did the same to Twitter using utterly ridiculous software patents that are valid neither at American nor European courts (no matter what the USPTO and EPO claim because patent maximalists run them both).

"Red Hat's legal team must pursue legally-binding assurances from IBM that it will quit doing that; otherwise, our flag-bearer might actually be in several ways antithetical to the goals and philosophy we strive for."We didn't write about these Blackberry lawsuits last week (or any time lately) because we reduced focus on the US patent system, which is what this Canadian company-turned-troll typically exploits. It recently fed some more trolls.

These lawsuits and trolling bring us back to IBM.

Even after the takeover (now confirmed) IBM had the audacity to promote software patents in Europe. Red Hat's legal team must pursue legally-binding assurances from IBM that it will quit doing that; otherwise, our flag-bearer might actually be in several ways antithetical to the goals and philosophy we strive for. Do we want GNU and Linux to become just another UNIX?

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