Tuesday, May 31, 2005

NOKIA ANNOUNCES IT'LL PLAY NICE WITH ITS LINUX PATENTS: Last year, IBM took a step forward in cooperation with the free software community, by offering blanket licences for 500 of its patents to all free software developers. In January it was Sun's turn, where the world was reminded that Solaris was still free software (although Sun made it look like it was authorizing free software developers to practice thousands of software patents).

This week it was Nokia's turn. Nokia announced it would not use its patents to attack the developers of one specific free software project: the kernel Linux, developed by Linus Torvalds and others, which is most prominently used as the kernel of the GNU/Linux operating system.

However, the Free Software Directory lists over 4000 free software packages. Nokia's announcement says nothing about them, so they still face the potential threat of being attacked by Nokia in the future.

Linux developers are not happy.

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