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If Oracle wins (jury & judge agree), then what? MySQL forks, other FOSS? GPLv3 makes sense!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 12:32 PM EDT
What is Oracle's big picture?

If jury finds for Oracle (and judge agrees with jury), then what (MySQL forks, other FOSS)???

So, what would happen as the if Google could not do what Harmony did, then how can Harmony do it too (or others)?

And, are then any forks of MySQL, then in danger of the same court room logic - simply because of IP owned by Oracle (same copyright and patent arguement), where what happens is that Oracle can in effect control any GPLv2 licensed project simply because of API's copyright, and patents?

Then, what happens to the forks of MySQL?

A look at the MySQL forks

Percona
OurDelta
MariaDB
Drizzle

"There is no telling which forks will prosper and which will fizzle out, but that depends to a large degree on Oracle, and how it governs the project in the future ".

If the jury rules against Google, then the question must be asked. Q-Does not the GPL declaration mean anything?

I can now see the wisdom of the GPLv3 (where if SUN used that, then it would be pretty hard to then use patents backward against any non-approved GPLv3 code users).

Someone contact Linus, and other GPLv2 projects, and have them get started on an understanding of what is going on here!

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News article quoting PJ
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 12:46 PM EDT
Here is a well written news article about the case that quotes PJ:
http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/274260/whats-stake-oracle-v- google

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Worse than ACTA
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 12:53 PM EDT
Story on El Reg here

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Shuttleworth: 'we are dancing naked through a minefield and others are driving tanks through'
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 02:03 PM EDT
"We know that we are sort of dancing naked through a minefield and there are much bigger institutions driving tanks through," Mr Shuttleworth says.

"It's basically impossible to ship any kind of working software without potentially trampling on some patent somewhere in the world, and it's completely impossible to do anything to prevent that.

"The patents system is being used to slow down a lot of healthy competition and that's a real problem. I think that the countries that have essentially figured that out and put hard limits on what you can patent will in fact do better."

BBC

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o/t to O/T

Here's a Precise Pangolin review that caught my eye:

"Ubuntu's six-month release cycle makes it a bit wearying to maintain the appropriate level of excitement. I use it as a reminder to clean my furnace filters."

"This isn't your grandmother's server room anymore, where she whips out a quick script over SSH and then goes back to her Nethack marathon."

There's more on Linux.com by Carla Schroder.

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