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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0) There is not one program that does anything useful that does not infringe upon a patent. There are violations on all sides.

1) The novell deal is basically saying, let's not fight over this. Saying that novell "admits there are violations" is meaningless. So what, microsoft is in violation too. remember _this is why software patents are bad_ at least as things stand now.

2) The GPL3 solution is basically, if you give code, you can't sue. You're with us or against us.

So which is better?

A "truce" or drawing a line in the sand?

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