xorg patent issues.

Corbin Simpson mostawesomedude at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 16:34:07 PDT 2009

On 10/01/2009 02:02 PM, Brian Paul wrote:
> Greg KH wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 01, 2009 at 04:21:07PM -0400, Zack Rusin wrote:
>>> On Thursday 01 October 2009 14:13:15 Greg KH wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> As discussed at XDC2009 in your talk about patents and xorg, I talked
>>>> with the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory board about the issues
>>>> your raised in your talk.
>>>> I have a contact at the LF and OIN to put you in contact with, but
>>>> wanted to ask if there was anyone else that wanted in on the email
>>>> thread and possible phone call (lawyers love phone calls, not email...)
>>>> Anyone else want in on the fun?
>>> I don't know what patent issues you were discussing but I'm guessing it's 
>>> mainly about the floating point plus s3tc stuff.
>> Yes, that is what was discussed.
>>> Just so that you know, we have been trying to handle this in some way
>>> for a long time and a few lawyers was already involved in the process.
>>> Given that, especially the first one, is explicit in its prohibition
>>> of open source, short of buying it as a company I'm not sure what
>>> Linux Foundation wants to do. Either way though, Brian is the person
>>> to talk to about options here because he's been endlessly trying to
>>> come up with ways of dealing with those problems.
>> Ok, great.  Brian, care to talk to OIN and the Linux Foundation about
>> this?
> I'm afraid that I don't have much to report at this time.  We're 
> trying to talk to Via/SGI about these things but it's a slow process.
> You can add me to your email/phone list.

I'm *very* interested, but unfortunately I have no weight in these
issues. I'd still like to sit in, if I won't be a bother.

~ C.

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