Re: patch to gnome-session: smooth fade on logout

Alan Cox wrote:
On Mer, 2004-04-21 at 15:17, Sander Vesik wrote:

Don't be silly - as GPL contains a patent-grant, it doesn't matter if patent implementing patches are sent to upstream by Sun or not, just having it somewhere (which is guaranteed by GPL) allows you to use both the patch and the patent, at least in code derived from patched gnome-session.

True and this is an important GPL property

Sun isn't in the business of filing for silly patents anyways.

False. Sun claims such patents as "Shopping cart",

Umm.. I think there may be a couple of more - but just like in a similar case with Javastations, it doesnt really mean Sun is in the silly patent business. Look at the per year and per decade filing rates of such.

and are currently heavily lobbying the EU to adopt US style patent
disasters. I do appreciate however that Sun employees and Sun may not
share the same views.

OOo took part in the antißEU patents protest banner day, and will do so in future too - Sun is a large entity and not all parts of it march in lockstep, its not quite as bad as IBM (never mind their past glory days). Changing what that part of Sun does to be in sync with the rest will take time.




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