Jeremy Allison (LP09)

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The Elephant in the Room: Microsoft and Free Software

  • Trade secrets don't work
  • Upset EU regulators
  • Turned to patents
  • Major conflict coming in mobile devices and netbooks.

What to do

  • Keep making free software under copyleft licenses.
  • Coral the elephant. Help people out of the sewer.
  • Lobby against software patents. Persuade corporations that patent trolls are more of a threat than a protection.
  • Search for prior art.
  • Respectfully call out Microsoft employees at conferences.