Subject: Re: DRI [was: Re: more summer of code fun]
To: Michael <>
From: Tonnerre <>
List: tech-x11
Date: 06/25/2005 02:09:42
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On Fri, Jun 24, 2005 at 08:07:07PM -0400, Michael wrote:
> > But then again I guess it's far from bein the only patent infringement
> > in the NetBSD kernel, I see a lot of "!=3D" operators for example...
> I'm sure !=3D operators have been around before His Billness was born -
> software patents should be busted by prior art just like any other
> patents. And as far as I remember this operator patented by M$ had some
> specific enhancements to deal with classes so it won't affect C's !=3D
> anyway.

Well, I know this patent, and it's about the comparison of two pointers
with the aim of finding out whether they actually point to the same
memory. I think we're doing this pretty often. Think e.g. NULL pointer
checks after malloc calls here.


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