Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors
perrin at apotheon.com
Mon Dec 15 12:43:45 PST 2008
On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 02:16:34AM -0800, perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
> > > Unfortunately, anything covered by a patent, as I hinted
> > > above, is verboten.
> Er, doesn't it depend on what is patented? If the h/w itself is
> patented, but its software-visible interface is not, there should be
> no problem writing a driver for that h/w. OTOH if the algorithms
> used in the driver are patented it would be an infringement to
> reproduce them.
I said anything covered by patent. If the software is not covered by
patent, you're fine to write software. Be aware, though, that a lot of
patents are intentionally written in a somewhat vague way so they can be
extended via case law at a later date.
Nothing is "legal" under the current US system unless you can defend it
in civil court. That's my general rule of thumb.
Chad Perrin [ content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
Quoth markinct @techrepublic.com: "Don't take anything you do on-line
lightly. Caveat Clicker..."
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