"Jeff V. Merkey" wrote:
> I've allocated $20,000 US for this, but i doubt you will use all of it.
> Linux IP issues affect all of us since we ship Linux, so I am happy to
> pick up the tab. Tux is hot stuff, and we plan to use it, along with
> all the other great Linux stuff. Consider it our part to help Linux.
> The structure of TRG is modeled a lot like Microsoft -- we are actually
> a law firm thinly disguised as a software company (just like MS)
> snicker... snicker .... :-)
Is it legal to snicker about Microsoft?
Thank you so much. The response I've gotten on this from all sides has
been amazing. I still haven't heard a thing from Netapp, nor have I
tried to contact them, other than through this public forum. Um, it's a
public matter so I don't think I'm acting incorrectly.
Q: What would be more evil than a patent?
A: A copyrighted patent. Then you have to pay to find out what you
can't do and they have a monopoly so they can make you pay whatever
Here's a gem of a claim from the main WAFL patent:
"20. The method of claim 8 further comprising the step of using one or
more of said read-only copies of said file system to back-up said
blocks comprising one or more consistency points of said file system."
I may be interpreting this incorrectly, but this seems to say that they
claim proprietary rights to making a backup from a checkpoint.
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