Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Nov 2006 17:07 UTC, submitted by deanlinkous
GNU, GPL, Open Source Novell has partnered with the Software Freedom Law Center to ensure that its partnership with Microsoft does not violate any terms of the General Public Licence. "The SFLC has been offered cooperation by Novell sufficient to permit a confidential audit to determine whether the licence provisions of the GPL have been complied with," SFLC chairman Eben Moglen told vnunet.com.
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Damage Control
by Guppetto on Thu 9th Nov 2006 17:42 UTC
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2005-07-06

It appears they're now officially in damage control mode. What's surprising is that they seem to be surprised at the general responce their announcment has recieved, but to me the responce should have been a no brainer.

SUSE isn't dead yet and in truth, Novel will likely release a killer Enterprise desktop when the agreement starts bearing fruit, but their reputation is toast. In the open source community, where you don't get a paycheck for all your hard work, your reputation is pretty much all you have. Novell is learning this the hard way for the ump teenth time.

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RE: Damage Control
by twenex on Thu 9th Nov 2006 17:59 in reply to "Damage Control"
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2006-04-21

The most interesting part is that Microsoft doesn't appear to be doing any damage control at all.

I guess they just don't care. I'm sure they will survive if they don't have the FOSS community onside - they have already done that all these years, after all - but the fact that they don't, and aren't making any attempt to get it onside, is telling. My bet is this is their end-run around Linux. Linux stands or falls depending on what happens in the next five years at Microsoft.

And more worryingly, in the last week I haven't seen anything to suggest that the openSUSE people are doing damage control, either. They seem to be lying down and taking it.

Edited 2006-11-09 18:10

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RE[2]: Damage Control
by Mitarai on Thu 9th Nov 2006 18:11 in reply to "RE: Damage Control"
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2005-07-28

Is more like:

"The community" - I hate you MS, you are evil.

MicroSoft - It's allrigth, I can live with that.

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How, exactly, will Linux fall?
by rcsteiner on Mon 13th Nov 2006 16:13 in reply to "RE: Damage Control"
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2005-07-12

Linux is a collection of software which is driven by, written by, and supported by the community, and most of the folks in that community don't really care for the most part what Microsoft does either except in terms of protocol/filesystem/document compatibility.

I don't use Linux myself because I hate Microsoft, but more because it does things I can't do with MS products on my existing hardware, and it does them at a lower cost than Windows would if it could.

Edited 2006-11-13 16:16

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RE[2]: Damage Control
by walterbyrd on Thu 9th Nov 2006 21:02 in reply to "Damage Control"
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2005-12-31

>>The most interesting part is that Microsoft doesn't appear to be doing any damage control at all. <<

I think that's a good point.

IMO: msft doesn't depend on good will. Msft perfers to force it's users, which is an easy enough thing for a monopolist to do.

I hate msft. But I use windows because nothing else will run my hardware or software. I am sure I will have to upgrade eventually, no matter how much I still hate msft.

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RE[3]: Damage Control
by twenex on Fri 10th Nov 2006 01:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Damage Control"
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2006-04-21

IMO: msft doesn't depend on good will. Msft perfers to force it's users, which is an easy enough thing for a monopolist to do.

I hate msft. But I use windows because nothing else will run my hardware or software. I am sure I will have to upgrade eventually, no matter how much I still hate msft.


I still maintain that if this deal is kosher (in other words, unless MS is truly trying to screw over any Linux that isn't from a whipping boy of theirs), they have nothing to lose by doing pro-FOSS community damage control, and everything to gain. The business community are already won over, it seems, but by and large for the last 16 years they have not shown any tendency to be sceptical of Microsoft anyway.

Edited 2006-11-10 01:35

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