Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux The Linux community is splitting - right down the middle, at this point - over Microsoft's controversial claims that the open-source operating system infringes on patents it holds. Last Tuesday, Mandriva became the third Linux vendor within five days to say it isn't interested in signing a licensing deal with Microsoft to avoid possible infringement claims. A blog posting to that effect by Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon followed similar declarations by officials at Red Hat and Canonical.
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RE: Hm
by Cutterman on Wed 27th Jun 2007 19:06 UTC in reply to "Hm"
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This isn't a significant split or even really a split at all.

The really significant split, that of GPL code into two incompatible streams, GPL2 and GPL3, is yet to come and an infinitely more serious split it will be.

Microsoft have succeeded in provoking the FSF into this, despite the fact that "Tivoisation" and nebulous "promise-not-to-sue" agreements over unspecified patent claims are minor evasions that do not significantly threaten FOSS.

This so-called "split" is in fact Microsoft's stalking-horse for their real aim, dividing the GNU/Linux codebase.

And with the FSF's cooperation, it looks like they will succeed.


Edited 2007-06-27 19:07

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