On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 7:50 AM, Rimas Kudelis <rq@xxxxxx> wrote: > 2011.12.01 14:42, Jerry Babione rašė: > >> 2011/12/1 Rimas Kudelis <rq@xxxxxx <mailto:rq@xxxxxx>> >> >> Hi, >> >> >> I'm wondering why subpixel hinting is not enabled by default in >> Haiku. If i'm reading it correctly, the algorithm used by >> FreeType for that purpose is not patented, and all other >> FreeType-related patents are expired, so why would Haiku be more >> afraid than Debian or any other Linux distro? >> >> Rimas >> >>  >> http://www.freetype.org/**patents.html<http://www.freetype.org/patents.html> >> >> >> Rimas, >> >> I'm sure that there are reasons we can't even think of to use the >> Free-Type algorithms. I can think of several not too. For me, as a >> developer, I would prefer for the techniques, algorithms, and everything >> else be fresh and new. I realize we are a re-implementation at Haiku. There >> is also much that is new. The point is, when others come at Haiku with any >> infringement type questions; I would wish that there be NO validity in the >> claims. I know what a tall order that is. So do you. >> > > Hi Jerry, > I'm not sure I'm following you, but AFAIK, validity of infringement claims > is justified by how you did something, not by whether or not you did that > completely on your own. All in all, I don't think your email answered my > question. Stephan's did however. > > Regards, > Rimas > > Rimas, I understand. I've fought two such law suites in the 30+ years I've been writing software. I learned that even independent development is not always safe. What I know today, is not too study the methods that others used to create their software. Imitation can cause a trip to court. Sometimes re-inventing the wheel saves a lot of money, -- Jerry Babione Founder-Just Plain Folks Org. Inc.