Printed from http://www.electronista.com

TomTom girds vs. Microsoft with Linux license

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon March 23, 2009

TomTom Licenses Linux

GPS device maker TomTom on Monday took defensive measures against Microsoft's patent lawsuit by officially licensing Linux from the Open Invention Network. The move gives TomTom access to OIN's patents and puts it under a "shielded" ecosystem where it can use the open-source OS with less risk of legal threats. TomTom isn't required to pay royalties but also promises not to use any of its own patents against Linux as a whole.

The company doesn't directly link the timing of its license deal to the Microsoft lawsuit but stresses that Linux has an "important role" on all its GPS devices. Although Microsoft has insisted that its complaint wasn't targeting open-source software like Linux, three of the six disputed patents involve the operating system and extend to the kernel, which would force TomTom to significantly rework the software that drives its navigation. Microsoft has in recent years taken a policy of challenging Linux patents by pushing Novell and other Linux distributors into cross-licensing agreements, sometimes with allusions to legal threats.

TomTom has countersued Microsoft of its own accord and has claimed that Microsoft Streets & Trips violates four patents.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News