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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b3timmons
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2006-08-26

circumvention != violation. The accusation is the attempted circumvention , although you claim everything is legal. Fine, but circumvention is legal, its attempt quite evident here, and hence the accusation is supported. There are many comments from Novell and Microsoft on this, e.g., the Novell FAQ #1 that shows how they try to get around it, plain as day. You can still argue that Novell has not tried to circumvent, but I suppose there are better ways to defend the deal overall.

Thanks for the background on the other MS deals--that did help to put things in better perspective. I am trying really hard to see Novell's POV, FWIW.

Edited 2006-11-12 01:42

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