[ILUG] Re: ILUG sends s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs
ilug_gmc at fiachra.ucd.ie
Tue Mar 22 00:15:04 GMT 2005
Joseph Kiniry wrote:
> On 21 Mar, 2005, at 21:03, Paul O'Malley wrote:
>> Joseph Kiniry wrote:
>>> Also, how often do you believe that serious modern "for profit"
>>> software development does not require significant capital?
>> I believe the following to be examples of serious modern and for
>> profit software development.
>> (A) Iona
>> (B) Mandrakesoft
>> (C) Novell/SuSE
>> (D) Redhat
>> (E) Sage (not the system administrators guild :))
> Ok. But you still did not answer the question. You gave me a list of
> some companies, some of which focus on FOSS-based technologies, and
> others which to my knowledge do not.
> Are you suggesting that none of these companies required significant
> capital to develop the software that is the core of their businesses?
I think what Paul is pointing out is that while these companies do require
significant capital they do not require software patents to recoup/justify
it. Your point (as I understood it, please correct) was that software
patents are needed to recoup/justify this capital. The above companies
seem to be some of many contradictory examples.
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