August 16, 2003

2003 August 16 Am [10:08 am]

(entry last updated: 2003-08-16 10:42:34)

Got some work to do - *sigh*. Anyway, I just ran the CNet Bandwidth Meter test here and *something’s* not right - I come in at 49 kps - between a 56k modem and a 33.6k modem; I will have to start up the home network tonight and see how well things work via Verizon DSL over an AirPort Extreme - the way things feel here, I’m sure the home net is going to win. The real question is whether this is a problem with the local subnet or is this an MIT-wide (or larger) problem?

  • A look at the implications of the Eolas decision in particular, and software patents in general: Will browser verdict snare others?

    Eolas originally filed suit against Microsoft in 1999, alleging that the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant infringed on its patents when enabling the Internet Explorer Web browser to use plug-ins and applets. A federal court in Chicago found that IE violated Eolas’ intellectual-property rights.

    [...] Since applets and plug-ins are also a key feature of other Web browsers, the Eolas decision could affect Microsoft’s competitors in the browser market, such as Oslo, Norway-based Opera Software and bands of volunteer developers contributing to open-source groups like Mozilla.org and KDE (K Desktop Environment).

    [...]

    The threat of litigation prompted an immediate reaction from KDE developers.

    “Since KHTML is open-source software (and) it is not possible for us to license patents in exchange for money, KDE does not have a way to recoup such costs from its users,” wrote Waldo Bastian and David Faure in an e-mail exchange.

    “If this would be demanded from KDE, the only course of action that we can take is to remove the patented functionality from KHTML,” the developers continued. “That would make a sad example of how software patents are harming innovation, competition and standards compliance in the Internet age.”

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