and so it begins…

PJ:

I think SCO II has arrived. Except it won’t be just one. It will be one after another, just like Ballmer predicted. Until Linux gives up the ghost. In their dreams. Here’s how to fix it: fix the patent regime, as Ballmer calls it. Otherwise, it will destroy all innovation and you’ll be stuck in Vista. Eek. Plus at this rate, I’ll never get a vacation.

Software patents are a threat to all software developers – free or proprietary – and should be abolished. The only developers relatively safe from software patents are those with a portfolio large enough to cross-license and deep enough pockets to settle litigation. Though society should be rid of software patents altogether, the next best result would be an exemption for free software programs.

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