Time to remove the GNUTLS option in the print/cups-client port

Julian H. Stacey jhs at berklix.com
Tue Aug 30 16:23:48 UTC 2011

> ... the US
> patent system has become horribly broken in practice.  The world's
> biggest patent-holders that actually produce anything pretty much all
> agree that the system is horribly broken, and mostly collect patents for
> defensive use.

Not just USA but Europe too, etc.  
  A European Patent Office examiner morosely & sarcasticly
  speculated that big patent holders might drive lorries (trucks)
  of patents up to weigh bridges, approach competitors & say eg "We
  have seven tons, if you have over 6 lets cross licence"

Examiners are under time pressure to grant by default unless they
can quickly find a reason not to.  

Politicians of leading countries see a future of increasingly
sellling intangible exports, so want more patents, not less.

International free software groups have no rich lobby groups, so ignored.
Sat 17th Sept in 600+ cities round the world, is a chance for free
software movements not just to promote Linux & BSD etc, but also to 
address software patents - see FSF & FSFE logos among BSD & Penguins etc on

Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich http://berklix.com
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