A Red Hat aktualizálta 2002-ben tett Open Source szabadalmi ígéretét

 ( trey | 2017. szeptember 22., péntek - 9:37 )

A Red Hat bejelentette, hogy nagymértékben kiszélesítette, kibővítette 2002-ben tett Open Source szabadalmi ígéretét, amiben kifejezte, hogy nem szándékozik szabadalmi jogait érvényre juttatni a szabad- és nyílt forrású szoftverekkel szemben. Az eredeti szabadalmi ígéretben a Red Hat kifejtette, hogy szabadalmi portfóliójának egyik célja, hogy leszerelje, elrettentse a szabad- és nyílt forrású szoftverekkel szembeni szabadalmi agressziót.

A Red Hat úgy hiszi, hogy szabadalmi ígérete a legszélesebb körű jelenleg az iparágban. Részletek a bejelentésben.

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