In a time when Microsoft is striking deals with open source vendors -- er, one open source vendor -- and agreeing not to sue for patent infringement only after it is compensated for the agreement, it's nice to see that other big proprietary companies don't have to insist on remuneration for the same promise.
Computer Business Review reports this morning that Oracle has entered into a licensing agreement with the Open Invention Network, under which it will have access to patents owned by the OIN as long as it agrees not to assert patent rights against "the Linux System." Said system includes the Linux kernel, GNU apps, JasperSoft's BI suite, the Apache Web server, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, Gnome and KDE desktop environments, as well as the Eclipse toolkit.
Oracle is not donating patents to the network at this point, but an Oracle rep says that licensing the OIN patents "provides assurance" to everyone working to improve Linux. And Oracle, he says, has been a member of that community "for years."