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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by lemur2 on Fri 30th Mar 2007 05:26 UTC in reply to "RE"
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{ Protecting yourself != restricting others. }

Likewise, writing a codec, distributing a binary executable for Windows only, then trying to prevent others from writing a new implementation of that codec for another platform != protecting yourself. You don't have anything to sell for that other platform, therefore you are not harmed by the newly-written codec.

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