Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Sat Jul 19 17:25:04 UTC 2008

On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 08:55:18 -0700 (PDT)
Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> > > ZFS was included in FreeBSD 7.0 because the BSD
> > license is more free than the GPL with that regard.
> > 
> > And if NetApp win against Sun they can sue FreeBSD now, for
> > triple
> > damages which would be millions and the end of FreeBSD.
> That is a big IF, maybe it should be an iff (IF and ONLY IF) like in Mathematics.  :)

A big if but rather a nasty consequence, and unlike FreeBSD the Linux
companies have enough money that people do try lawsuits.

> They(FreeBSD) should be protected, the users can get the ports from source, they do not ship binaries(except the installation *.tbz files).  

That makes no difference to US patent law.

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