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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RE[3]: Lower the boom!
by twenex on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Lower the boom!"
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I've been observing the OSS community for 11 years. And I must say that I was puzzled by the community's initial positive response to Novell. Novell proudly proclaimed themselves as a "mixed source" company, and the the community seemed to feel that was just fine.

I think Novell got a lot of Kudos from users who wanted to see YaST open-sourced. (There may be other things from SuSE that they open-sourced, too.) Strangely, afaik, that hasn't resulted in a single other distribution adopting YaST, unless of course you count openSUSE, which is a pretty pointless thing to do in this context.

Flashback to a few years previous, and Ransom Love, of Caldera (who was ousted and replaced by the current management of that company that we call "The SCO Group" today), got into deep doo doo with the community simply by having the audacity to suggest that the GPL might not always be the best license for all purposes, and that in some cases BSD might be a better choice.

The community is a lot bigger than it used to be, and also possibly a lot better at agreeing to disagree. At my LUG we have several members who still use SuSE, and if we were to reject them we would splinter our local Linux community (which is small enough as it is, though I don't think it's that small considering where it is). OTOH if I, personally, were to reject people because they still use SuSE or use open source, as opposed to free, software, or even - Gosh! prefer proprietary software - I might just as well be ejected myself for being a (now former) user of Gentoo or being a GPL "purist" or Ubuntu detractor.

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