It’s well known news that TomTom settled on the patents claim from Microsoft.
The settlement agreement requires TomTom to remove the infringing parts from its products in 2 years from now.
Today’s settlement between Microsoft and TomTom ends one phase of the community’s response to Microsoft patent aggression, and begins another. On the basis of the information we have, we have no reason to believe that TomTom’s settlement agreement with Microsoft violates the license on the kernel, Linux, or any other free software used in its products. The settlement neither implies that Microsoft patents are valid nor that TomTom’s products were or are infringing.
Red Hat was not a party to this case. Even so, without a judicial decision, the settlement does not demonstrate that the claims of Microsoft were valid. Patent litigation is a difficult process, and there are many reasons besides the merits of the case that a defendant such as TomTom might have chosen to settle in the present economic environment. As the terms of the settlement license have not, to our knowledge, been made public, it is not possible to comment on their compliance with open source requirements and principles.
While the agreement will provide a certain amount of money for Microsoft, what will the whole story be useful for ?
As RedHat and SFCL note, a settlement does not constitute a precedent in future trials. I can’t think of Microsoft doing that just for money, because that just would confirm the claims about their business model being a dying, and the chance it will just become the next SCO.
OT: oh, and it’s worth nothing sissy-crying about being excluded, when you show such attitude towards other companies.
So, WTF ?
- useless 1-time amount of money for Microsoft (“financial details of settlement not disclosed” – so we may even wonder if MS will ever get a penny)
- still bad PR
- strong incentive for the market to set aside the fuck FAT standard and switch to an open filesystem.
Yeah, because… why does everyone uses FAT ? Because it’s diffused, very operating system can read it and write it. Well, it happens one major vendor – TomTom – has just promised to remove patent encumbered functionality from their products – and wonder what ? They were asked do it from Microsoft itself.
I’m looking forward to see other embedded vendors to join the burden of migration.
That’s all, that was my egg for today .