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Re: Help: Microsoft patent covers package download and upgrade

"J.A. Bezemer" <costar@panic.et.tudelft.nl> schrob:

> On Tue, 2 May 2000 arto.astala@nokia.com wrote:
> > Microsoft was recently granted a patent that covers a core
> > part of Debian, and probably Red Hat too. (If you have
> I've followed a course on patents at our Univ, and learned that formulation is
> EXTREMELY important. And M$ happily formulated things in such a way that
> Debian and RH are not affected.

But even if Debian is unaffected by this the question remains whether
the patent remains valid, doesn't it?  At least to me (and I'm as far
from being a lawyer as one could possibly be) the Debian-way looks
clearly like prior art.

I'd really appreciate some enlightenment from people who know more
about such things than I do!


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