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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Emotions
by systyrant on Sun 4th Feb 2007 02:00 UTC
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2007-01-18

I'm trying very hard to keep my emotions in check with this because I like Novell and I like what they've done with the version of Linux they sell. It would be extremely easy to go off bashing the GPL v3 or the FSF and end up just another somebody throwing out crappy opinions.

If, somehow, Novell was stopped from selling Linux then I feel it would be a tragedy for the entire community. With that said I would suspect that if it did not cause irreparable damage to Novell as a company that they would fight for the right to continue selling Linux. Although I'm sure, for the most part, that Novell as a Linux distributer would effectively be over regardless of the outcome.

My hope is that Novell would then turn it's sites to BSD. At the very least it would give Novell a strong platform to develop on and I'm sure it would drive up the adoption of BSD.

Although I'm sure a few of you would agree with me and most of you won't I just want to lend my support to Novell. I also want to say that it's been disturbing to me to read all the negativity from the Linux and Open Source community about the Novell/Microsoft deal. From where I sit it looks like nothing more than blind hatred of Microsoft over shadowing any potential good that might arise for the deal. Don't get me wrong I to know that Microsoft doesn't do anything without finding some why to hurt somebody else, but I just can't help but see that most people simply respond to the fact that it's Microsoft.

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