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Rackspace and Red Hat were patting each other on the back Thursday morning after they got a patent suit against Linux thrown out on its ear by the usually plaintiff-friendly federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. Uniloc USA, a so-called non-practicing entity (NPE) or patent troll, filed suit against Rackspace in the Texas court last year alleging that the processing of floating point number by the Linux operating system violates one of its patents (US No. 5,892,697). Red Hat rode to its customer's rescue, providing Rackspace's defense as part of its Open Source Assurance program. The court invalidated the patent claims alleged to cover Linux and dismissed the case after Rackspace and Red Hat moved for dismissal on a 12(b)(6) motion before even filing a rebuttal. In dismissing the case, Chief Judge Leonard Davis found that Uniloc's claim was unpatentable un... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there... (more)

Mainsoft To Help Move .NET Apps to Linux Mainframes

Mainsoft, the .NET-to-Java tools merchant and Microsoft partner, is pushing into the Linux mainframe world with the new 1.5 rev of Visual Mainwin for J2EE kit that's coming out. It says that the thing can be used to migrate .NET apps to the Linux side of IBM's often under-utilized zSeries and that ASP.NET programs, particularly, can benefit from the mainframe's on-demand capabilities. IBM and Mainsoft will be co-marketing the product in the name of greater server consolidation. Mainsoft regards it as a significant business opportunity. Mainwin, whose long-standing relationship w... (more)

SCO to Detail its Case against Linux to IBM by Monday

At press time, the SCO Group expected that by Monday, January 12, it would turn over to IBM all the evidence it had of Linux' alleged infringement on SCO-owned Unix IP that IBM asked for in its motion to compel discovery last month, thereby meeting its court-imposed 30-day deadline, according to SCO spokesman Blake Stowell. Provided IBM is satisfied with what SCO turns over, SCO expects to be back in court on Friday January 23 pursuing its own motion to compel IBM to turn over its AIX Unix source code to SCO. IBM previously turned over to SCO the Dynix UNIX source code that it ac... (more)

Microsoft Could Save $521M - PTO Preliminary Ruling Finds Eolas Patent Invalid

Microsoft may not have to pay Eolas Technologies upwards of a half-billion dollars in damages for patent infringement after all, or, for that matter, change its Internet Explorer browser and gum up the inner workings of the web because of Eolas' far-reaching patent claims. Microsoft yesterday also settled part of a patent infringement complaint made by AT&T that had just gone to trial and was looking for somewhere $90 million and $300 million charging because Microsoft's NetMeetings and TrueSpeech widgetry allegedly tread on a 1981 patent AT&T had on digital voice. The amount of m... (more)