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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Interesting, indeed
by merkoth on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 19:06 UTC
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If Novell is to benefit from the Free Software community, Novell should be working to make it safe for everyone to write and use software.

That paragraph makes so much sense, doesn't it?

It's obvious that Novell will try to get as much profit from its products as possible. Its distribution, being one of those products, is as important as any other. The problem here is the same I see at Microsoft: It's allright to make as much money as you can, but watch how you make it. Want to get profit from FOSS? Fine! No one is trying to prevent that. No one.

But watch who you make deals with, damnit! It's Microsoft remember? Try not to kill the golden eggs chicken, Novell.

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