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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RE[8]: FUD...
by dostrowski on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 23:03 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: FUD..."
dostrowski
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Novell is stepping on eggs here because the copyright holder of a large and very important piece of their product is questioning whether they - Novell - have the rights to keep distributing their - FSF - software or not. If it turns out that the MS/Novell deal is indeed breaking the terms of the GPL, the FSF and other copyright holders can and should revoke Novell's rights to keep distributing their software.

Stallman has already stated that the Novell-Microsoft deal does not violate GPL2, which is, currenctly, what all GNU software and GPL software, for that matter, are licenced under.

Therefore they cannot revoke Novell's right to distribute from that perspective.

I'm not sure how the FSF hopes to accomplish what they're after.

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