[Linux-aus] Intel Fellow and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell to keynote linux.conf.au 2016 Geelong
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Tue Jan 12 23:34:33 AEDT 2016
I have a question
> ubiquitous. An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell
> joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for
> consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with
> additional patents in the user experience space pending,
> “As Linux moves from servers and desktops into embedded hardware,
> into the cloud, into mobile devices, the need for those products to
> be in affinity with user needs becomes ever more important.
> Genevieve’s area of practise is such a natural fit for our conference
> theme - Life is better with Linux - and we can’t wait to learn from
Question: How does Linux AU feel about patents in general?
As that is a "feelings" type of thing, the law is written and open
source licenses are what they are, these are facts and then there are
Do patents promote the growth of open source, open standards
and do they embody the values of what Linux stands for and what
Linux AU feels/thinks (or is of the opinion that) a Linux community
should be (or become)?
And I fully understand why patents are registered.
Facts: It allows the patent holder to prevent other people from using
that technology, design or software without paying royalty or without
their explicit permission.
Opinions: In the case of non User Interface (UI), Novell and
many others apparently use the non free tech to pay/fund open tech,
patenting UI however is not so very cool and I would propose much more
directly opposed to the open source goals...
ianal but, Open Source licensed software patents are unenforceable in
Australia for both UI/design as well as process etc.
Anyway, how does Linus Torvalds feel about patents?
(okay, that is a rhetorical question as I have discussed this already
at length with him and he is, I believe you say "rabid"?, about the
topic - he does not like software patents whether the usage
becomes ubiquitous or not.)
of course these discussions are difficult as there are ego's, feelings,
opinions, I am sorry in advance if you chose to take exception to any
of my opinions or if you decide to take offense. As a developer of
FOSS, I also do not like software or applied UI design patents, at all
and I constantly have to dance around them as well as hunt/find/rely on
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