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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Beside prejudicating Linux, I don't know what the FSF has in its mission statement. Shame on you, you're no better than M.$!

What are you smoking? The FSF wants simply to enforce the spirit of the GPL - which is to guarantee exactly the same rights to every receiver of free software. The Novell/Microsoft patent deal created a situation when customers of Novell (receivers of free software) are led to believe that they get additional rights compared to other customers of other companies (additional patent protection). The FSF wants simply to make such deals impossible with GPL v3.

This situation was explained over and over again here on osnews and elsewhere (from groklaw through the Samba team to Eben Moglen and Perens) - but it seems that people still don't get it. Prejudicating linux? No better than M.$? How on earth did you arrive at such a ridiculous statements?

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Hiev Member since:

And how do you call this non sense of FSF having the right to ban users? freedom?, I call it bs.

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archiesteel Member since:

And how do you call this non sense of FSF having the right to ban users? freedom?, I call it bs.

Jeez, the amount of misinformed comments in this thread is staggering.

FSF doesn't have the right to ban users, nor does it claims to have the right. This is about Novell's *redistribution* rights. If they have encumbered the license with patent conditions, or any other move not allowed by the GPL, then it will lose the ability to freely redistribute the affected GPL software (though it could conceivable get permissions from all the authors involved).

This is textbook copyright law, by the way. Novell gets to sell a whole bunch of software it didn't write without having to pay a cent for it *as long* at it complies with the license.

Whether or not it complied with the license is another matter entirely...until we know, I would advise all the rabid anti-GPL/anti-FSF posters to take a deep breath and actually understand the issue here before posting any more misinformed attacks.

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