Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2007 22:07 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Microsoft Software behemoth Microsoft could be one of the biggest losers from proposed license changes to the Linux operating system unveiled Wednesday. That's a possible outcome of updates to the license pushed by the FSF. The FSF wants to make mutually exclusive pacts such as the Novell-Microsoft open-source agreement a violation of the next iteration of the GNU GPL, the license that governs Linux use. "It is unfortunate that the FSF is attempting to use the GPLv3 to prevent future collaboration among industry leaders to benefit customers," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's vice president of intellectual property and licensing.
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RE: You are kidding, right?
by cjcox on Thu 29th Mar 2007 22:36 UTC in reply to "You are kidding, right?"
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While true, I don't think we've seen anything take on patents so directly. In the past, companies obtained patents just for such things as deal making... GPLv3 says no to that. GPLv2 was merely about preservation of code... which might be a tough pill for some companies to swallow... but GPLv3 extends it to restrict what companies can/cannot do with their patents (and in fact, without too much tie in to the code itself.. just be frank and honest about it all).

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