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 tomcat on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 05:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Clue Stick"
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Yet those same developers -- pissed off or not -- won't have the option of withholding the Linux kernel from Novell, because they created the bed that they're lying in...

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RE[4]: Clue Stick
by 2fargone on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 10:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Clue Stick"
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While you maybe right at this moment, those very developers you're talking about are the ones Novell needs in the future to develope the software they're using. I would think it would be prudent to take care of those who you rely on for the product you're selling, because what happens when major chunks of the toolchain you need becomes unfriendly and you have to support several forks?

There is consquenses for backstabbing the community. Novell may think this is going to go away, but I have a feeling this is only the beginning of Novell's self-made headache.

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RE[5]: Clue Stick
by tomcat on Sat 25th Nov 2006 05:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Clue Stick"
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Nah. Unless the GPL is rewritten to exclude Novell, devs will be working for Novell, whether they like it or not.

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