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Exec says IBM won’t use Linux patents as weapon

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Exec says IBM won't use Linux patents as weapon

Nick Donofrio, IBM’s senior VP of technology and manufacturing, pledged Wednesday not to use his company’s extensive patent portfolio against Linux, a line that drew applause from attendees at the LinuxWorld conference.

Few in the audience actually believed IBM had ever contemplated such a move. Rather, it was his follow up line that carried the punch. “We urge other companies to make the same statement,” he said – a remark that many took to be aimed at Linux critic and competitor, Microsoft.

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