Saving Linux from the lawyers

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Concern has grown over the past year that Linux could be under legal threat connected with claims that it infringes certain software patents. Although no court cases have been brought, the issue is serious enough for several companies to have pledged not to use their patent portfolios against the open source operating system.

To coordinate this process, the OSDL has launched a Web site to help developers check which patents have been pledged. Patent Commons contains over 500 patents so far - but is that enough to have a significant effect on the problem?

With some activists claiming that the whole concept of patent pledges is misguided, ZDNet UK spoke with OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen to find out the wider aims of the project.

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