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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Agreement
by Tyman on Wed 4th Apr 2007 18:07 UTC
Tyman
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2007-04-04

The agreement was nothing more than a payoff from Microsoft to Novell to prevent Novell from suing over Microsoft's support of SCO. Follow the money. Everything else in there is hyperbole to allow both sides to claim they are getting something from the deal. Microsoft will not risk suing Linux users or distributors as it would probably open them up to anti-trust litigation, and would likely invalidate most of the patents they claim. The deal "indemnifies Novell users from patent litigation from Microsoft" This is utterly ridiculous FUD and nothing more. Linux does not infringe on Microsoft's rights and most of it's development and ideas predate similar Microsoft implementations. On the other the couple of hundred million Novell got for spreading the FUD is feeding a lot of developers contributing to open source.

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