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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Microsoft's Comments
by hackus on Fri 30th Mar 2007 04:12 UTC
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2006-06-28

"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."

Translation:

We are displeased that the GPL V3 protects the Linux OS from becomming a target of patent litagation, and further FUD campaigns like the one we proxied via SCO.

We would like the community to reconsider so that we can crush Linux, destroy free software and eventually allow only the richest and most powerful companies to write software.

Everyone else must go to jail, particularly if they write for our trusted PC platform.

We feel to improve the quality of software in general, only Microsoft knows whats good for everyone else, and if everyone would just let us destroy free software we could bring you even more expensive software.

We are very disappointed.

-Hack

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