BillyS - 3:24 pm on Apr 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm not smart enough to understand this one. From the GNU GPL:
Finally, every program is threatened constantly by software patents. States should not allow patents to restrict development and use of software on general-purpose computers, but in those that do, we wish to avoid the special danger that patents applied to a free program could make it effectively proprietary. To prevent this, the GPL assures that patents cannot be used to render the program non-free.
This going to be a major setback for Linux and I'm sure MS is happy about this decision. Sounds like something that is supposed to be Open really isn't... You could roll out servers company-wide only to have a patent troll say you owe them money. This is what has been happening with IVRUs all over the world.