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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rakamaka
Member since:
2005-08-12

My Troll
Everything in daily life, from morning toothpaste to night time viagra is patented. So why MS-Novell deal is seen as betrayl?
Smell of Money has power to change human history.
Lets agree that free software movement and GPL is very nice thing happened to tech world. But given a chance most of the hobbyist programmers would like to make money, even though they say developing beautiful linux desktop is for intellectual satisfaction and not for money. Not true. Everybody wants to be next rich Bill Gates, only some succeed.
Once it becomes popular, even Ubuntu will also try to make money in some or other way.

Edited 2006-11-22 18:49

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Almindor Member since:
2006-01-16

This is not particularly true.

I like to make money but I wouldn't like to be rich. Call me what you will but that's how I feel.

All I want in life is enough free time, enough money for a living (and that's really not much, in particular I'm happy with my current situation) and most importantly peace of mind. I don't want to be bothered just to make some additional cash. If someone came to me "you can make big bucks but you'll have to be ready to jump any time any day" I'd say "suck my balls!" and go listen to some nice soothing music.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

You're absolutely right. However, the point in this case is who I would rather have get the money. And the answer is: I would rather have a company like Red Hat or Sun make money thanks to their contributions of open-source software and their cooperation with other companies and the community, than have Microsoft and their closed-source tactics win. Why? Because **I** like money, too. Even though I may never be rich, at least I know that if open-source software wins, then I'll never have to pay to upgrade every two years just to be able to read my old documents or listen to my old music. Not something I can say about Microsoft's products.

Now, Novell is using tactics that share quite a resemblance to MS's--they're supporting patents and are pushing a paradigm they call "mixed-source". This tactic is rather similar to MS's embrace, extend, extinguish, except in this case it's even more insulting because Novell is locking other Linux companies out of the interoperability technology they're building--despite the fact that their distro is based off of those other companies' investments. On top of that, the fact that they're supporting software patents at all is counter to the entire philosophy and proper function of free software, dealing another blow to every other Linux vendor (excluding themselves). The fact is, OSS can't work like that--it can be a money-maker, but only if it prevents companies from duplicating effort. In this case, Novell is doing just the opposite.

Edited 2006-11-22 22:24

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