"Part of Red Hat's stated promise is to "refrain from enforcing" its patents. Nevertheless, the news sparked a whole new round of conversation on the blogs, as one might expect. "What company would not turn to offensive attacks if threatened?" asked nurb432 on Slashdot. On the other hand: "If Red Hat was really serious about the patents being defensive, wouldn't it make sense for them to donate them to an open source More about open source patent pool?" pondered HangingChad. 'Patents Are FUD' "It's sad that Red Hat thinks they need those patents," Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack told LinuxInsider. "The fix is still patent reform, since these patents will only protect Red Hat from companies that actually produce projects, and not patent trolls," Mack added. "I hope 2009 will see the death of software patents before the U.S. Supreme Court," blogger Robert Pogson added. "We need that because the TomTom matter may take years to sort out."