fgouget at free.fr
Fri May 13 10:09:29 CDT 2005
On Thu, 12 May 2005, gslink wrote:
> The whole business of software patents is very likely to explode at any time.
I assume this is somewhat related to the Winelib article on Slashdot:
Winelib Hobbled by Exception-Handling Patent
If not I'll make just a few comments about that article anyway.
* The Slashdot summary makes it sound like Wine is infringing on the
patent and that we will have to remove some code.
This is absolutely not the case. The infringing piece of code does
not belong in Wine so noone ever even tried to put it there. Exception
handling belongs in gcc and some patches exist to add this feature to
gcc. But obviously the gcc developers (who are pretty strict about this
stuff) never allowed this code to get into the gcc codebase. This means
Wine cannot assume it's available or use it.
* Some posters on Slashdot seem to think it's a recent discovery.
It's not. This issue was discussed more than a year ago. I'll let
interested parties dig the wine-devel archives for the relevant threads.
This also means there's no need to worry about 'plausible ignorance of
th issue', it's been discussed already so the cat's out of the bag
* Some posters on Slashdot seem to think this 'discovery' is related to
the recent news about Eben Moglen helping Wine.
It's obviously not the case since this issue was known long before
the agreement with Eben was even in the making.
Francois Gouget fgouget at free.fr http://fgouget.free.fr/
Linux, WinNT, MS-DOS - also known as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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