Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 16:08 UTC, submitted by twickline
GNU, GPL, Open Source Of course the net is buzzing with reactions to the Novell-Microsoft agreement of yesterday. Bruce Perens is very negative about it all: "What aren't they telling you? First, you can be sure that Microsoft's not out to help a competitor. This announcement paves the way for Microsoft to implement significant control over commercial customer's use of Free Software. And it has significant negative implications for Open Source in general." Eben Moglen of the FSF says about the possible GPL issues: "If you make an agreement which requires you to pay a royalty to anybody for the right to distribute GPL software, you may not distribute it under the GPL."
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RE[4]: Tinfoil hats
by brewmastre on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Tinfoil hats"
brewmastre
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2006-08-01

ma_d : "If you make a living on it then it's probably going to have a heightened importance to you."

What are you talking about?! What do you think is going to happen. MS is partnering up with Novell. Novell is just another Linux distro, they don't make or break Linux. So MS might swallow Novell and Suse at the end of the five years, so what! Linux will still live on and so will the GPL. The GPL's biggest threat is this little GPL 2 vs. 3 conflict.

Edited 2006-11-03 17:32

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RE[5]: Tinfoil hats
by ma_d on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 17:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Tinfoil hats"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, since Novell funds Mono it would be awfully important to anyone writing .Net applications for *nix. If you work on Compiz/Xgl you might be upset to see the main guy out of a job.

But, if you'd read the parent of my post you'd see I wasn't talking about anything more than people getting upset about software.

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RE[6]: Tinfoil hats
by segedunum on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 17:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Tinfoil hats"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, since Novell funds Mono it would be awfully important to anyone writing .Net applications for *nix.

In what way? Yer, I know it confirms what some of us have suspected in what Novell have signed up to with the usage of the ECMA stuff in relation to Mono. But in what way is it going to help anyone, other than you won't be able to use Mono without fear or write stuff for it unless you are using Suse or are covered by this agreement (and Novell back Microsoft over this)?

If you work on Compiz/Xgl you might be upset to see the main guy out of a job.

It's called an open source project. The source code is there, so provided people want to work on it it doesn't matter who gets made redundant.

Besides, in what way is this relevant? Does Microsoft have some hold over Compiz and XGL as well? Did they invent 3D desktops or something?

But, if you'd read the parent of my post you'd see I wasn't talking about anything more than people getting upset about software.

Why are you here then? People are entitled to comment on it, as many people do on many subjects and with many events in many different industries and disciplines. This is a fairly major event in the IT industry, and as people have pointed out, isn't what it appears.

I don't get your point, and don't see that you have one.

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RE[5]: Tinfoil hats
by dsmogor on Sat 4th Nov 2006 20:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Tinfoil hats"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Those matters are much more important on the PR field.
PR wise by delivering an approved and controled way of using it's IP in OSS MS just oppened itself a way of suing other players. And PR is of primary concern for a company which is under continous legal scurtiny.

Besides they pitched two most important Linux players against each others.

The new Linux strategy at MS guy knew what he was doing when he said that MS started to embrace the Linux threat as they are now competing against particural (caual) companies not some, revolucionist grassroots movement.

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