Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:43 UTC, submitted by mwtomlinson
Novell and Ximian The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday. Update: The FSF claims this is being hyped.
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Once again, GPL not suited for businesses
by Joe User on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 17:43 UTC
Joe User
Member since:
2005-06-29

After the RH vs Oracle problem, now it's Novell's turn. I don't imagine such problems with Apple for using FreeBSD kernel in its operating system.

It would have to boost spending on research and development to upgrade its software without access to the latest versions of the open-source code provided by the Foundation.

Novell shares ended down 2 cents at $7.16 on the Nasdaq.

The stock is likely to trade down before the Foundation discloses its ruling as investors stay on the sidelines to avoid the worst-case scenario, analysts said.

"Investors don't like uncertainty," Egbert said.


Because of the whims of a bunch of idiots, Linux loses the little credibility it has gained over the years. FSF if you don't like companies to use the code of your code developers the way they see fit, say it loud, and investors will look somewhere else. Thanks for nothing.

Edited 2007-02-03 17:55

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

After the RH vs Oracle problem, now it's Novell's turn. I don't imagine such problems with Apple for using FreeBSD kernel in its operating system.

Apple used the FBSD kernel in its OS because FBSD can be made proprietary. Linux users use Linux because it CANNOT be made proprietary. All things considered, it sounds like Linux is doing better than Apple so far.

Proprietary software deserves to go the way of proprietary hardware. Not only does it deserve to, but it also will.

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Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

All things considered, it sounds like Linux is doing better than Apple so far.

Ah ah!! That's funny. You must be living in a hole, or you're talking only for you.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Because of the whims of a bunch of idiots, Linux loses the little credibility it has gained over the years. FSF if you don't like companies to use the code of your code developers the way they see fit, say it loud, and investors will look somewhere else. Thanks for nothing.

Astounding how often those who have no credibility attempt to besmirch the credibility of others.

The simple fact of the matter is this: Microsoft have the right to do with their code "what they see fit", and everyone acknowledges this. The only reason this argument exist is because proprietary software companies only like open source code that they can steal for proprietary uses. Free software was created to be immune to that danger, and now that the patent threat has cropped up, efforts are being made to reinforce it.

If that pisses off proprietary software companies, too bad.

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