May 25, 2002

Are Red Hat's patents necessarily bad?

Skeptical Reader writes, "Linux and Main has weighed in on Friday's news that Red Hat has applied for patents on two Linux kernel hacks. In an editorial, the editors argue that it's just as likely that Red Hat is seeking to protect technology for the community and protect technology from the community -- that we may be seeing the birth of something that is to patents as the GPL is to copyright. We should hold our outrage, they argue, until we know more."
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