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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RE[3]: Clue Stick
by phoenix on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 04:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Clue Stick"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

So all the non-Novell employed Linux developers are going to re-release all their software under a modified GPL license that includes a "can't be used by Novell or as a part of OpenSUSE" clause?

As long as there are developers employed at Novell, and as long as their are customers buying Novell products, what anybody else things doesn't matter.

AFAICT, no one has broken any part of the GPL, so Novell can continue to use the bits that others put out there.

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RE[4]: Clue Stick
by tomcat on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 05:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Clue Stick"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Hear, hear. People are so clueless about the implications of this situation. The fact is that Novell (like anybody else using the GPL) will continue to operate freely and without limitations.

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RE[5]: Clue Stick
by 2fargone on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 10:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Clue Stick"
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2006-02-20

You're forgetting the fact that while Novell and IBM employ developers who contribute to OSS, they are not the sum of OSS, not by a long shot. Will Novell and IBM operate freely when major portions of GPL'ed software is unavailable to them via v3? Will they operate freely if developers turn on them, the very developers who are making the software Novell and IBM are using?

It's a community. If they don't understand that and start abiding by it, they'll soon find themselves on the outside looking in. So they might continue, but certainly, there will be some sort of limitations.

Here's to hoping they clue-in. Personally, I would rather have Novell and IBM as part of the community. But I don't want them around if all they're going to do is try to circumvent the purpose of the GPL with shady legal tactics.

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