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]: Bruce Perens ...
by tomcat on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 05:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bruce Perens ..."
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I'm not a Novell employee. I'm simply a Linux user and, like you, an observer of what's happening. Neither Perens nor Novell represent me. I think Perens has a too narrow view of what's "acceptable" -- and what's not. Quite frankly, I think that many people in the OSS community have taken the view that the only intellectual property worth preserving is the IP which was produced by the OSS community -- but not that owned by other competing interests (ie. Microsoft, etc). Worse, they tend to assume that the only redress necessary for stealing other people's IP is "just point out the offending code and we'll change it". As if financial harm wasn't a consideration. I've read countless posts here that scoff at and deride people who point out such rank hypocrisy, and I'm getting sick of it. It stinks. Novell isn't pure by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't fault them for trying to profit from the work of the OSS community. Because that's the system that the OSS community created. No sense crying over it now.

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