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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Lower the boom!
by sbergman27 on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 18:07 UTC
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2005-07-24

I have tried very hard to evenhanded and careful not to be reactive with regards to Novell's patent cross license deal with Microsoft.

But every time I hear them come out and say things like:

"""
Nothing in this new draft of GPL3 inhibits Novellís ability to include GPL3 technologies in SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, and other Novell open source offerings, now and in the future.
"""

it just makes me want to see the FSF pull the rug out from under them by removing what my friend Twenex refers to as the "Novell Escape Clause", which is the only thing saving them at this point, and is only in there tentatively. Novell should at least have the decency to keep quiet on the matter.

Novell has said that if the GPLv3 forbids them from distributing GPLv3 software they will address that with their partner, Microsoft.

I say we need a draft of the GPLv3 without the escape clause just to see what Novell might accomplish with "their partner, Microsoft".

It could always be put back in before the final release of the license. And besides, it would be fun to see Ron Hovsepian pee in his pants! ;-)

Edited 2007-04-03 18:07

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