RedHat and software patents

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Tue May 28 16:04:56 UTC 2002

>From wk at Tue May 28 15:18:26 2002

>On Tue, 28 May 2002 14:29:43 +0200 (CEST), Joerg Schilling said:

>> -	They are Open Source -> Yes

>A lot of companies claim to be Open Source; the question is whether
>they are a Free Software company.  Although they develop FS I don't
>think that they are.  However, they contribute a lot of work to Free
>Software and the GNU project in particular.

>> -	The software they create  benefits from OSS/FS development
>> 	paradigms -> NO

>I don't know this paradigma.  I am pretty sure that I don't need to
>reiterate on this list what makes up free software.  The development
>model is definitive not a criterium for that.

>> If RH insists in not integrating other OSS/FS parts, they are definitely
>> not a OSS/FS company but only just another company that makes 
>> Source available.

>It is an undeniable fact that Cygnus used to be the first FS company
>but they did not participate in the "Bazaar" model.  A FS developer is

The result from not using this development model is a significant
slow down in development speed.


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