Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:43 UTC, submitted by mwtomlinson
Novell and Ximian The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday. Update: The FSF claims this is being hyped.
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About Novel, FSF, Microsoft and Everything
by n0xx on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 20:13 UTC
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Personally, I think it was a dumb move from Novell to singn the pact with MS.

Why did they choose to base their business strategy on Linux if they knew it came with strings attached (no negative connotation intended)? Why didn't they based their work on FreeBSD? It would have been far more flexible and business friendly? If you're business strategy involves adding tainted code to your project's source, then BSD is they way to go.

So I'll ask again: Why did they chose GNU/Linux on the first place?

These big IT companies don't just spent loads of cash in something just for kicks, they define a business strategy, do some market researching (betterdesktop.org anywone?) and act acordingly. I find it VERY hard to belive that they overlooked the fact that the comunitty would get up in arms because of such a move.

So why didn't they give a rat's ass about how the community would react?

There has been much talk about fundamentalism and the Spirit of Free Software. I for one, understand why the FSF is trying to push GPL3 as a way to enforce the SFS (acronym inversion...sweeeet), and I understand the need to adapt the GPL to the modern times.

Call me paranoid, but I can't help to think that Novel deliberately scrutinized the GPL, in the hopes of finding some kind of legal hole, and exploited the said hole once they found it. This is not uncommon, it happens all the time. If you have enough money to hire a high end law firm, those guys will pretty much get you out of anything by finding legal loop holes and exploiting them.

So that's that... If they wanted to just do their thing with MS and keep the peace with the Open Source crowd, they should have used BSD. And I'm placing my 2 cents worth of bet on my little conspiracy theory.

Be well.

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