Referencing: FAT Patent Review May Threaten Linux Foundation
Yes, this is a problem - for Samba, actually, not really Linux, but of course Samba is incredibly important to Linux.
But only because Microsoft is still important.
Now, I certainly agree that PubPat and EFF need to keep on challenging Microsoft and everyone else who is trying to lock up the world with patents. They need to keep doing that just on principle, if for nothing else.
I also have great admiration for Samba and the developers who manage to keep this going in spite of Microsoft's secrecy. But wouldn't it be nice to imagine a world where it doesn't matter? For some of us, if we don't run any Microsoft software, that's already our world: we don't need Samba because we don't need Microsoft.
If we can keep Microsoft and other big corporations from smothering innovation with patents and copyrights, more people can join that world. If we let them lock us up, innovation withers and dies. Support EFF and PubPat in any way you can.
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