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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RE[4]: Novell will react
by sbergman27 on Sat 11th Nov 2006 23:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Novell will react"
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"""Yeah, what about lines like - and I know I'm not quoting this for the first time, still - "secured an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to allow individual and non-commercial contributors the freedom to continue open source development"... MS, to allow, the freedom, to continue, non-commercial ?"""

I agree that MS's motivation for making this deal was the opportunity for casting fear, uncertainty, and doubt upon the OSS alternative.

I'll add that I believe that Novell, as a publicly traded company, is acting in it's own interests and putting the good of OSS in a distant second place as a priority. (Big surprise there. I've never quite understood why Novell and their "mixed source" agenda didn't get roasted by the community before. Caldera, before they became The SCO Group, got roasted for a lot less.)

But what does your quotation above have to do with my criticism of Mitarai for accusing MySQL users of being a bunch of hypocrits? Do you think that MySQL users are a bunch of hypocrits?

Edited 2006-11-11 23:12

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