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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Novell's Position: Uncomfortable
by moleskine on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:16 UTC
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What's that phrase - "Better to fight a young lion than an old lion dying"? Or something like it.

I hope that the folks who want to pull the rug from under Novell have thought through the chess game of possible moves. Novell may be showing signs of mange these days not to mention tooth decay, but if they're trapped they could still start lashing out, with Microsoft on hand offering soothing cups of arsenic to ensure than everything is ten times worse than it otherwise might be.

Whatever the community may think, for Novell the outcome of the GPL issue is a question of raw survival on which turn thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in stockholder funds. It's very unlikely the Novell board would walk away from that without a mother of a fight.

Even if Novell is held to be plainly in the wrong - and I've no views on it - the sensible thing would be to allow them a face-saving escape route. Ideas of making an example of Novell or similar are fantasies and would fall straight into Microsoft's favourite tarpit - ruinous litigation that ties down your opponent for years while Microsoft do what they want anyway.

I wonder if the FSF are up to the challenge? We'll soon find out.

Edited 2007-04-03 23:20

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