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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RE: Bruce Perens ...
by ma_d on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 21:07 UTC in reply to "Bruce Perens ..."
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Decisions benefiting the individual at the cost of the community aren't anathema to Perens, they're anathema to free software. I'm not sure how to explain it, but I think a read through the GPL might help. Notice how rarely it talks about the importance of developer's rights and how often it talks about the importance of user's rights.

Making agreements which may harm those whose work your business is founded on is not the only method of profit seeking. It seems that everytime a business makes any decision which is legal rather than productive and is criticized people run to the defense of the business shouting "making a buck." Capitalism is about capital, not law. You're supposed to produce wealth, not legally destroy it and then take what loot is left.

Profit isn't theft via lawyer, it's making money. Please stop confusing the two, one may imply the other but it is not a two way implication.

Also, paragraphs are your friend.

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