Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:16 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian Novell and Microsoft recently entered into an agreement regarding software patents (really?) that betrays the rest of the Free Software community, including the very people who wrote Novell's own system, for Novell's sole financial beneift, according to Bruce Perens. Join Perens in signing an open letter to Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian. "As the agreement stands today, it betrays the authors of the software you re-market and their users worldwide for Novell's sole commercial benefit."
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No wonder!
by NotParker on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:47 UTC
NotParker
Member since:
2006-06-01

No Wonder Microsoft and Novell entered into such a deal:

"Let's be truthful about software patents: there can be no non-trivial computer program, either proprietary or Free, that does not use methods that are claimed in software patents currently in force and unlicensed for use in that program."

Its about time someone in the cult admitted that.

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RE: No wonder!
by stestagg on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 19:08 in reply to "No wonder!"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

This community member lives in Europe. And one good thing about this 'covenant' is that the EU parliament will be made aware of how bad software patents are.

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RE: No wonder!
by Moochman on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 22:13 in reply to "No wonder!"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

So I suppose you, as an ostensible non-member of this "cult", love the fact that innovation in software is being stifled and has the potential to be completely smothered thanks to the incredibly broken U.S. patent system?

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