Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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Novell made a big mistake
by Don T. Bothers on Mon 6th Nov 2006 19:23 UTC
Don T. Bothers
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2006-03-15

I say dump SuSE and dump it for good. What Novell has done cannot be forgiven and a dead Novell is a good Novell for opensource. Think about it, from now on, whenever Microsoft decides to sue someone, Novell will be their poster child witness as to the patent infringments made by Linux. And as the second largest commercial Linux vendor, whatever they say will hold a lot of sway on the decision made by the court systems. Novell, from this day on, rather than protecting Linux, will have to get on the stand and give witness to the prosecution that they believe there are patent violations by Linux. This whole situation really gets me really mad. Not that I really ever trusted Mono, but from now on, I will never trust anything that comes out from Novell.
BTW, on a slightly different topic, Miguel de Icaza is a sell out. I am glad that the open source community saw him for the clown that he is and ignored his pleads to make .net as part of the gnome base. It is sad how far he has fallen.

Edited 2006-11-06 19:25

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RE: Novell made a big mistake
by fsckit on Tue 7th Nov 2006 07:53 in reply to "Novell made a big mistake"
fsckit Member since:
2006-09-24

Interesting. It actually just occured to me that we have not yet heard anything from RMS of the FSF on this and they could be the ones that have the power to put an end to this craziness. Imagine this for a sec. The GPLv3 already has some verbage in it to protect against this sort of patent extortion. If the FSF were to put in even more expressly forbidding this kind of behavior and then release the GPLv3, they could then immediately send cease and desist letters for all the GNU software in SUSE that's licensed as "GPLv2 or later". That should cover the simple things, coreutils, gcc, bash, etc. The message to Novell being that screwing with the free software community is all real f--king cute, till your SUSE don't boot.

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Ookaze Member since:
2005-11-14

It actually just occured to me that we have not yet heard anything from RMS of the FSF on this and they could be the ones that have the power to put an end to this craziness

Wrong ! Eben Moglen already said sth about this. But the worry will come when the GPL is violated, not before.

The GPLv3 already has some verbage in it to protect against this sort of patent extortion

The GPLv2 too, but it's more implicit. It works the same as GPLv3 in the USA, but we're not sure it works as well elsewhere, which is why it is explicit in GPLv3.

they could then immediately send cease and desist letters for all the GNU software in SUSE that's licensed as "GPLv2 or later"

They can't do that until there's an actual violation. FUD is not a license violation.

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