Archive for February, 2009

Microsoft patent suit a threat to Linux??

According to this article on Ars Technica, Microsoft has filed a patent suit against Tom Tom NV, a Dutch company, and its U.S. subsidiary, Tom Tom, Inc:

Microsoft has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against TomTom alleging that the device maker’s products, including some that are Linux-based, infringe on patents related to Microsoft’s FAT32 filesystem. This marks the first time that Microsoft has enforced its FAT patents against the Linux platform, a move that some free software advocates have long feared could be disastrous.

The so called FAT patents have a history.

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Dramatic Growth in FOSS Apps for Mobile

According to this story on Marketwire, there has been dramatic growth in FOSS applications for mobile devices. The story cites a study by Black Duck Software, a company that helps businesses develop software that contains FOSS components.  It spiders the web looking for FOSS applications and collects downloadable apps into a FOSS repository.

It found around 2300 FOSS applications for mobile devices. A summary of its results over the fold.

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