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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FSF wants to be RIAA of free software world?
by Kishe on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:15 UTC
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Bullying companies to adapt to their religion wont end up well...Bully Novel too much and they'll just take mono, gnome and everything else they own rights to out of GPL and tell rest of the community to screw it.

Trust me...taking GCC from Novel would hurt FSF and the community they claim to represent more than it would hurt Novel...

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t4inted Member since:

Revoking Novells right to use the GNU Toolchain would probably kill Novell. They would have to fork everything and still maintain compatibility with the real GNU Toolchain.

OTOH the Community could probably fork Mono without too much effort.

But I'm just guessing, we'll see how it turns out.

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cyclops Member since:


FSF is not a religion. There are many religions in the world. As far as I understand it the FSF is not a recognized religion anywhere. If you could give me more insight into this I would be interested.


Read the article...It says the FSF Novell can make the deal with Microsoft. Their not happy about it as are many users of Linux. When the new license is used you won't be able to do it with that software.

I can only see this strengthening support for the GPL3.

The reality of Novell has been a good supporter of Late in the FLOSS arena. Whats ironic is many of their particular projects are most at risk.

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Kishe Member since:

well, hopefully Linus will never sign GPL3...

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jango Member since:

i hope novell pulls the plug on gnome (but they can't becuase they don't own all the rights) i really want to see gnome fall-so kde or xfce can be more popular

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