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Oracle, NetApp Drop ZFS Patent Suit 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the there-will-be-peace-in-our-time dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It seems Oracle and NetApp have kissed and made up over the ZFS patent lawsuit. Before Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, NetApp sued Sun claiming ZFS infringed on its patents. Sun later sued NetApp back. From today, all is forgotten and Oracle and NetApp are friends. NetApp CEO Tom Georgens even said the two companies have shared a 'common vision' focused on providing solutions that reduce IT cost and complexity. Both companies now want collaboration between them to continue."
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Oracle, NetApp Drop ZFS Patent Suit

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  • by bsDaemon (87307) on Friday September 10, 2010 @08:56AM (#33532762)

    Well, you should. NetApp deals strongly with FreeBSD, and it is my understanding that they use it as part of their platform, which is a good bit of the reason why FreeBSD has had ZFS support for so long. In the Linux world, battles over patent and licensing issues with regards to ZFS is what has kept it from being able to enjoy native support. Oracle runs its own Linux distribution based off of RHEL, so being able to make sure that the coast is clear for them to integrated ZFS into Linux is a big step. This is probably part of the reason why the planned native ZFS module to be released in a few weeks isn't already being sued into oblivion.

    You may not care about the corporate fortunes of NetApp or Oracle, but this has the potential to turn out into good news for lots of FLOSS-minded people.

  • by pedantic bore (740196) on Friday September 10, 2010 @09:15AM (#33532916)

    Oracle and NetApp have long, close ties through their customers (many, many Oracle customers run their databases on NetApp gear; it's one of the platforms Oracle specifically recommends). This lawsuit basically pitted the customers against themselves, which never works out well for the vendors.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 10, 2010 @09:26AM (#33532980)

    Well, you should. NetApp deals strongly with FreeBSD, and it is my understanding that they use it as part of their platform, which is a good bit of the reason why FreeBSD has had ZFS support for so long. In the Linux world, battles over patent and licensing issues with regards to ZFS is what has kept it from being able to enjoy native support. Oracle runs its own Linux distribution based off of RHEL, so being able to make sure that the coast is clear for them to integrated ZFS into Linux is a big step. This is probably part of the reason why the planned native ZFS module to be released in a few weeks isn't already being sued into oblivion.

    You may not care about the corporate fortunes of NetApp or Oracle, but this has the potential to turn out into good news for lots of FLOSS-minded people.

    Don't overestimate Oracle's intent here.

    Probably, Larry just got around to noticing that NetApp had patent-trolled Oracle's new acquisition and he had Oracle's lawyers send NetApp an offer they couldn't refuse: drop your suit and we'll drop our counterclaims, otherwise we'll bring Oracle's entire IP portfolio into play and totally horse fuck you.

    Either that or Larry wants to buy NetApp.

  • by Teckla (630646) on Friday September 10, 2010 @10:10AM (#33533434)

    Prediction: Google and Oracle are going to patch things up like nothing ever happened. You heard it here.

    Of course Oracle and Google will come to an amicable settlement.

    Software patents don't hurt big companies. Big companies can either cut a big check or cross license patents with each other.

    Unfortunately, software patents hurt virtually everyone else.

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