Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at comcen.com.au
Mon Dec 15 13:14:30 PST 2008

On Mon, 2008-12-15 at 13:47 -0700, Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:27:30PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> > 
> > If you have done your own research then the algorithms wouldn't
> > necessarily be the same- they'd nearly certainly be different, wouldn't
> > they? So isn't that the basis for the patent? A patent is a registration
> > of an idea. Two different ideas can still arrive at the same conclusion.
> Patents are often about methods, not algorithms.  In fact, there's
> supposedly a restriction against algorithms being patented -- though of
> course lawmakers and people working at the patent office don't seem to
> know what an algorithm is, so algorithms do get patented all the time.
> Anyway . . . as it happens, patenting a "method" provides far more broad
> power than patenting an algorithm, anyway, in practice.  That's one of
> the reason (software) patents are so damaging.

I think I might take it up with my lawyer if I want to do something like
this then. Seems like they've got it all wrapped up...

My conclusion is that "it sucks and blows - something that shouldn't be
physically possible". But that seems to be life atm :( (globally, not

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