Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:16 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian Novell and Microsoft recently entered into an agreement regarding software patents (really?) that betrays the rest of the Free Software community, including the very people who wrote Novell's own system, for Novell's sole financial beneift, according to Bruce Perens. Join Perens in signing an open letter to Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian. "As the agreement stands today, it betrays the authors of the software you re-market and their users worldwide for Novell's sole commercial benefit."
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Bruce Perens ...
by tomcat on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:42 UTC
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... is either blithely ignorant of the true nature of free software -- or he's deliberately twisting things for his own perceived benefit. Perens likes to talk about how wonderful it is to have a community that shares the benefits of free software. But he apparently doesn't want to accept the reality that a community is comprised of many different voices, some of which are ideologically driven (Perens), some of which are profit-driven (Novell, IBM, etc), and many others in the middle of the divide who are neither (us). Novell is protecting its own interests. This may be anathema to Perens, but Novell has a responsibility to its shareholders and, if Perens were honest with himself, he'd see that the potential IP minefield wasn't created by Novell but, rather, by the community, itself. And now, Perens seems genuinely offended that Novell has the audacity to try to make a profit from free software. This viewpoint represents the huge schism in the free software community today and, if people such as Perens truly want people to use free software without any consideration for profit, then Perens et al need need only promote GPLv3 and see where the chips fall. My bet, though, is that commercial interests will prevail over ideology.

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