You FOSS supporters are an immature bunch. You use products every day, every hour that are protected by patents. Even the apples you eat have patents on them. To decide that invention in the lab is worthy of patenting but an invention on the computer should be free to everyone is ridiculous. Grow up. Stop smoking weed. Eat a steak. Sorry, I am recycling some of these lines from a recent PETA post. Invention is invention. How many of the FOSS supporters would be dead right now if it were not for patents on medicines? Sure, some innovation may just fall out of the sky, perhaps the soap on a rope, but most comes from hard work and dedication, with great personal sacrifice and expense. Those people and companies that pay them should be rewarded.
I’m all for free software. I’m for freeware and open source but don’t blame companies for doing what companies do. Novell is trying to survive and pay salaries. It is closed minded to treat them like the devil and ignore their great contribution to the open source movement. Novell has donated hundreds of patents to the Open Invention Network. I think Red Hat contributed three to OIN.
I’m sure 95% of all FOSS supporters are Democrats, producing little and expecting someone else to pay the bill. If you want to consider Microsoft the evil empire, go ahead, but Novell are the good guys. They are trying to support open source and pay their employees. “It’s easy to find the leader; they are the ones in front of you with the arrows in their back.”