Patents are theft...

Well at least that is the idea found here on article on the linuxuser.co.uk site.  Software patents are really starting to threaten our future and that of inivation.  When Apple can patent a left to write swipe as they did this week how can we ever expect people to want to inovate.  We all hear about some of them but how many just slip by without notice?  Do you want to spend days, weeks, months or years developing something only to be told that someone else already has a patent that covers that?  While it won't stop most people how many great innovations are we missing out on because of our current patent system?

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.