Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Nov 2006 16:53 UTC, submitted by deanlinkous
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work."
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Old time logic
by Dudesdad on Sat 11th Nov 2006 17:22 UTC
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If you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

Microsoft will contaminate like a virus and spread until it owns you.

To allow Open Source to be contaminated by "deals" with Microsoft is just asking for trouble. They are a snake and no matter what they say you will eventually get bit. It is their nature to do so.

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by Marcellus on Sat 11th Nov 2006 21:12 in reply to "Old time logic"
RE[2]: Old time logic
by sbergman27 on Sat 11th Nov 2006 22:05 in reply to "RE: Old time logic"
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"""To allow Open Source to contaminate proprietary code is asking for trouble. FSF is a snake and no matter what they say, you will eventually get bit, if you touch anything GPL. It is in the nature of FSF and GPL to do that."""

You do understand that not all OSS code is under the GPL, right?

Is using BSD licensed code "asking for trouble"?

As far as copylefted licenses go, it's no big secret that they do have teeth. Very prominently displayed teeth, in fact. To some, those teeth are smiling. To others, who prefer to keep their code proprietary, they may be perceived (quite rightly) as fangs. But the copylefted aspect is always quite forthright, and it is the responsibility of the user of the source code to understand what they are getting into.

I may be critical of the FS fanatics, but the anti-FS zealots are just as bad, really.

One might (naively) expect less of that on a site dedicated to diversity in OSes.

Edited 2006-11-11 22:06

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RE[2]: Old time logic
by Dudesdad on Sat 11th Nov 2006 23:04 in reply to "RE: Old time logic"
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Thank you for offering the other side of the matter.

More Old time logic: Water and Oil don't mix.

Keep MS and FOSS separate.

As for being a snake the GPL comes right out and says what to expect when you use GPL protected code. Their provisions are made known from the get-go.

Microsoft on the other hand portrays itself as being the keeper of all that is good worthy of installing on your machine, while killing anything they can't control or commandeer and pass off as their own.

How many companies have been consumed or destroyed by MS after becoming a "partner"?

I became a Linux user as a hobby. But after watching this crap that has gone on for years I have become a Linux and BSD Zealot.

Now I have made up some New Time Logic: MS? No good will come of it.

Viva La Freedom.

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