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[6]: Clue Stick
by Marcellus on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 11:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Clue Stick"
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Will Novell and IBM operate freely when major portions of GPL'ed software is unavailable to them via v3?

You're making the assumption that GPLv3 will prevent Novell from distributing GPLv3 stuff.
The clause that Moglen mentioned:
"Suppose GPL3 says something like, 'if you distribute (or procure the distribution), of a program (or parts of a program) - and if you make patent promises partially to some subset of the distributees of the program - then under this license you have given the same promise or license at no cost in royalties or other obligations to all persons to whom the program is distributed'."

How does this affect MS when MS is not distributing the GPLv3 covered stuff?
The clause barks very loudly, but appears to be completely toothless.

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