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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by happycamper on Sat 11th Nov 2006 21:05 UTC
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I can be wrong, but to my understanding what i have been reading. Microsoft is competing with the open
source companies that sell stuff and if a paid developer uses a microsoft patent unknowingly, then ms might go after that company like redhat and oracle,etc because they are raking in profits at microsoft's patents expense, but since novell signed up, they are safe because they agree to work with microsoft patents portifolio in a respected manner.

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