Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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RE: But ...
by somebody on Tue 7th Nov 2006 23:55 UTC in reply to "But ... "
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I thougt free software was "free"?

And it is.

Now I find out its owned by someone? And revenge can be taken against heretics like Novell. Or anyone who annoys the high priests.

Yes, and you're just as much owning that piece as the people who have written it. That is as long as you conduct with GPL rules.

The moment you break the copyright law on GPL, (still) valid owners can use GPL against you in court.

Have you ever questioned your self why companies treat GPL as "viral" license? Because it is free and in the same time they are limited on how they can use it.

I'm distraught.

I hope this explanation cleared things for you.

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