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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Rock, meet hard place
by Cloudy on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 21:44 UTC
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The FSF made a mistake. Moglen clearly left the Reuters reporter with the impression he intended to leave: that FSF was going to "do something about Novell." He is back pedalling now because he has realized that the only thing that the FSF could do would be to revoke Novell's license, which would be very counterproductive.

Why would it be counterproductive? Because if FSF revoked Novell's license to the software that the FSF owns it would make it clear to all but the most rabid fanboys that the GPL is just another revokable license and doesn't guarentee any "freedoms" at all.

More than that, it would cause companies like IBM and HP, who have invested large amounts of money into Linux to question the wisdom or relying on the few Linux components that the FSF controls. IBM, after all, has been in the compiler business for fifty years, and would have no problem at all replicating GCC.

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