Re: Software Patents
There's an excellent article from lwn.net weekly edition, this time
concerning bnetd, but also talks about dvds in linux:
"We have seen this sort of issue before. Dmitry Sklyarov's e-book
processor could be said to be a "piracy enabler." Adobe certainly made
that claim. Fortunately, few people questioned the correctness or
necessity of defending Mr. Sklyarov. Similarly, Jon Johansen was
accused of facilitating piracy by releasing the DeCSS code. But DeCSS
is not about piracy; it is about our right to play the DVDs we have
purchased on our Linux systems. If we cannot write interoperable
software, we will be stuck with whatever others deign to sell to us.."
And this is only in the US where everyone seems to sue everyone at a
whim. That's why fighting software patents (emphasize software!) from
being legislated in the Philippines is so important. EU Parliament
has already rejected software patents, as defined by US laws. Even
bittorrent is already being hit by people in the US as bad or illegal
(which is ridiculuous considering that without this nice piece of
software, big iso downloads of linux distros would be much more
cumbersome!) I can download so much faster in bittorrent than direct
downloads alone... I can reach over 60kbps in a SMART wifi connection
(at home), which ironically at work (Globe), I can only reach about 40
or 35kbps even in bittorrent, but its faster than direct downloads!
Sorry about being too emotional about it. :). If software patents had
its way, your typical gaim, kopete, mplayer, etc and even linux will
cease to exist.
- IMHO, this theme can assist people already used to the Windows XP GUI in
transitioning to the Linux OS.
KDE3 XP Style:
[ simon.cpu ]
And /usr/games/fortune futurama says:
Paul: If rubbin' frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey,
I don't wanna be right.