Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by Augusto
Novell and Ximian "Two months ago, the Brazilian Linux community gathered around BR-Linux invited Novell to answer 10 questions sent and selected by the users, about the company's stance on Linux, open source, licenses, document formats and other subjects." "Novell has been very consistent on this issue and we have publicly stated that we do not believe that Linux infringes on any Microsoft patents. That being said, our agreement with Microsoft takes the patent issue off the table for customers. We have simply made the patent issue a non-event as part of a customer buying decision."
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pathetic interview and more pathetic threads
by karl on Sun 30th Sep 2007 10:28 UTC
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The interview was juvenile at best and simply stupid at worst. But what's worse than the interview itself are the threads in this OSNEWS forum.

That Microsoft hasn't sued any FLOSS project for patent violation is conveniently forgotten. Microsoft does not have a history of suing over patent infringement. Although Microsoft holds some number of patents- IBM still gets more patents per year than Microsoft has in all 30 years of its existence. (IBM earns in excess of $2,000,000,000.00 in patent fees). But there are *some people* who *know* about Microsoft's plans to sue *Linux* for patent violations. What a joke.

That the agreement between Novell and Microsoft specifically excludes the possibility of such patent infringement claims is cleverly overlooked again and again. The only patent infringement claims which count are the ones which end up in court as part of a patent lawsuit. And explicitly these are forbidden by this agreement. Of course one or both of the parties could violate the terms of the agreements but then again Novell can sue Microsoft for patents it holds, and Novell has successfully sued Microsoft on a number of occasions. But those *people* who *know* that Microsoft is going to sue *Linux* are already saying "told you so..." What a joke.

That mono as it pertains to the GNOME desktop is completely and absolutely free of any potential patent violation is completely forgotten. There are only a couple of parts of mono which *might* be subject to some kind of claim-and explicitly these parts of mono are not being used in the mono applications targeting the GNOME desktop. Yet again more FUD.

That a good developer can write an application in mono in less than half the time than it would require to write in c/c++ is simply overlooked. That millions of young programmers are being weened on the .Net framework and c# is completely ignored. That the majority of in-house software being written must leverage both linux and windows is being ignored. But mono is a) a disease to poison Linux users b) a capitalist conspiracy to undermine Linux c) is proof that Miguel sold his soul and is working for Microsoft to actively hurt YOU. What a friggin joke-how stupid can it get.

What these juvenile simpletons keep forgetting is that it was Miguel de Icazas vision of a usable Linux desktop that brought us to the wonderful world of GNOME desktops from Ubuntu and pre-installed on Dell laptops of today. But then again no revolution is complete until the fathers of the revolution have been killed. How sad, how ignorant, how misinformed and pathetic our conspiracy-minded simpletons have become.

Now that we have kicked, beaten, hacked-up and mutilated this poor dead horse could we please move on....

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