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OIN Extends Linux Ecosystem as Guest-tek Becomes Licensee


April 05, 2010

OIN Extends Linux Ecosystem as Guest-tek Becomes Licensee

By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor


Open Invention Network, or “OIN,” the company formed to enable and protect Linux, has extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Guest-tek as a licensee.

Officials with OIN said that by becoming a licensee, Guest-tek has joined the growing list of companies that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

Company officials said that patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.

OIN has accumulated more than 300 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux.

This, company officials said, enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth.

According to company officials, by developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux.

“We are pleased to have Guest-tek the leader of IP based technology solutions for the hospitality industry, become a licensee as we seek to enable the Linux Ecosystem,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network, in a statement.

Bergelt said that Guest-tek is one of a growing number of companies that recognize the value provided by open source software and the Linux community.

Arnon Levy, president and CEO said that Linux is a critical enabler of Guest-tek's systems as it helps the company to provide its industry leading solutions to the hospitality industry.

“By becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage ongoing Linux development which ensures the continued improvement of our technology and services. This relationship will be very beneficial for Guest-tek and our customers and partners worldwide,” Levy said.

Guest-tek is a provider of IP based technology solutions for the hospitality industry.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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