Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE[2]: rms was right- as usual
by lemur2 on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE: rms was right- as usual"
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"I wouldn't count on stuff like mono and gnome not being affected and being used somehow to restrain software freedom, whether it's Attachmate or MSFT owning it now by proxy.
That's the good thing about open source software, even if Novell/Attachmate stops developing/distributing Mono or GNOME, the already released source code will always be there for people to use under the same license. No one can retroactively change the license on the software people already have. "

Parts of Mono do not have free software licenses. Most of it does (most of the framework CLI, C# etc is a standard allowed to be implemented by anyone), but critical parts of .NET, implemented in Mono, have been held back by Microsoft as proprietary technology.

Microsoft/Novel made a deal that allowed Novel to develop Mono and Moonlight ... for Novel's SLED customers. Microsoft still held the rights to the still-proprietary parts of Mono and Moonlight.

I see no reason for Microsoft to want to buy back from Novel rights that Microsoft already owned in the first place.

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