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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I signed
by zizban on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 00:27 UTC
zizban
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2005-07-06

I signed because while I don't use Linux too often, I use a lot GNU and open source tools everyday: emacs, wget, mozilla. I found this pact to offensive in many ways but mostly because Novell, on its own, felt its customers wanted "indemnification". irregardless of how said customers and the open source programers who make the very tools they sell, feel.

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by tomcat on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 05:32 in reply to "I signed"
RE[2]: I signed
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 14:05 in reply to "RE: I signed"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You think that you know Novell's customers better than Novell? Hilarious! Reality disconnect, anyone?

If you were actually a Novell customer, or knew people who were, you'd realise just how much Novell does not understand its customers or what they want. It is you who is disconnected from reality, or you simply don't live in it.

No Novell customer wants a piece of paper coming directly from Microsoft telling them that they won't be sued. The first thing I would ask Novell would be "What the hell is wrong?" It's just another nail in the coffin for Novell.

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