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The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) opened the Patents Commons Reference Library in November, providing an overview of patents that have been pledged towards open source. OSDL's chief was quoted as saying that the open source patent was hereby diffused. During the past year corporate Linux supporters from IBM to Philips have scrambled to support Linux, pledging that they will not enforce their patents against the open source operating system and, in some cases, to open source in general. But others claim that neither OSDL nor the commercial pledges offer any help. Linux advocate Bruce Perens lashed out against both at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco in August.