Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 17:13 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Novell and Ximian "The Free Software Foundation has published a third draft of the GPL3 license. The FSF had indicated leading up to this draft that it would be addressing some concerns it had with the Novell-Microsoft agreements in the draft. Here's Novell's position on the new draft."
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by SReilly on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 17:35 UTC
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The first comment below the article is very good.

Bruce -

Given that Novell’s deal with Microsoft is considered by many to be a (not-so-veiled) threat of Microsoft-patent-based litigation against non-SuSE users of Linux, doesn’t your suggestion that Novell is “a strong supporter of free software and open source” stretch the limits of credibility ?

Would you agree, Bruce, that this type of implied legal threat to the users of Open Source software at-large is a strikingly similar (improper) use of Microsoft market power and legal resources that Microsoft used to defeat Novell in the networking business ?

Now, Bruce, given that Novell sought and received compensation for Microsoft’s prior abuses of market power, wouldn’t it be reasonable for some folks to conclude that Novell is guilty of (comedic) hypocrisy ?

Wouldn’t you agree, Bruce, that the Open Source response in seeking to force Microsoft to extend it’s legal protections to all Linux users is justified, clever, and embarrasing to Novell and Microsoft ?

Lastly, do lawyers make good software and generate goodwill with customers ?

Regards, John.


Man, way to go there, John!

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