On Software Patents

While I admire RMS‘ stance and resolve, the whole “Mono can’t be trusted because there’s submarine patents” argument isn’t worth crap. If you view software patents as a legitimate entity, any software is at risk (including OGG Theora, the Linux kernel and its alleged “235 infringements” by Microsoft, the Samba project, OpenOffice.org, mplayer, and probably even Specto).

Software patents are nonsense. We should destroy them into oblivion, we should not try to comply or circumvent them. I won’t base my open source software choices on vague McCarthyist patent “risks” (or even threats).

That is all.

Jeff

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