January 23, 2004

Software patents 'threaten Linux'

Open source advocate Bruce Perens tells BBC technology correspondent Clark Boyd why the real threat to Linux and the open source movement is not from
the SCO lawsuits, but from software patents.

Clark Boyd: Linux seems to be going more and more mainstream. Suddenly there are advertisements by IBM on television promoting Linux. What do you make
of this mainstreaming of the whole open source idea?

Bruce Perens: I like the fact that the IBM ads emphasise the openness. I saw one the other day that compared Linux to a child that had been adopted by
the world. And I think that's a great theme, and it's very different than what you usually hear from IBM.

Link: news.bbc.co.uk


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