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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The patent agreement is null and void..
by linux-it on Sun 4th Feb 2007 19:17 UTC
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"Not so. The agreement is null and void as you cannot sue a customer due to patent infringement. "

which leaves the deal about interoperability -- so again the question stays: why would it be a problem? If Novell changes code to GPL code, by using MS information, it has to release that code too.

Any efforts to try to stop this kind of deals basically translate into: "hey I do not want interoperability!" and that exactly is what FSF for whatever reason is aiming at.

How good can that be?

Novell always has adhered to the GPL stuff and has given back all kind of changes. There is no reason to believe that it will do different anytime soon.

There are pragmatic people and idiologists. These two streams are growing apart quite a bit. Do we reallyw ant that?

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