Open source fight in Europe

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Open source fight in Europe

While IBM makes plans to spend more than $200 million on Linux development centers across Europe, open source advocates are seeking to close a loophole in European law that has led to the patenting of programs that could frustrate Linux-based software development. IBM has announced intentions to put centers in Paris, Montpelier, and Budapest as well as locations in England and Germany that will provide both hardware and software aimed at helping move computing to the open source environment. Meanwhile, a petition urging a patent-free Europe has been signed by 20,000 people, and a German trade association has accused the European patent office of overstepping its commission in an effort to grant software patents.

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