patent is out, that means that free software is gone?
Posted on 2004-08-06
Just lately heard, that patent side won over the free software. Some people now own things like double click, or scrool bar. Linux is now charged of breaking 238 or so patent laws!!
Please correct me if i am wrong.
Does that mean its an end to free software, since most (if not all) common software features are now patented?
Does that mean, that i can't write software that for example has a double click or a scrool bar, unless i contact the patent holder and give him money? (i am can't write software yet, but trying to learn to).
I am realy lost in this patent thing, and every where i go, i get different information.