Red Hat looks out for OSS community with patent settlement

Ars Technica reports: Red Hat announced today that it has settled a patent dispute with Firestar and DataTern over two patents, including one that covers object-relational database mapping-a technique that is used in Hibernate, a component of the JBoss middleware stack. Red Hat says that the terms of the settlement will offer broad protection for upstream developers, all derivatives, and downstream distributors, as well as Red Hat's customers.

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