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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Cloudy
Member since:
2006-02-15

anyone who distributes free software must guarantee every right the GPL was designed to guarantee to anyone. Now the Microsoft/Novell patent deal implies that Novell customers get more rights

Amazingly enough, giving people more rights without restricting the rights supposedly protected by the license is not a violation of the license.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

What the Microsoft-Novell deal implies is that non-Novell customers have fewer rights than granted in GPL2 and only Novell customers have the rights granted in GPL2.

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Cloudy Member since:
2006-02-15

What the Microsoft-Novell deal implies is that non-Novell customers have fewer rights than granted in GPL2 and only Novell customers have the rights granted in GPL2.

It only implies that to people who do not understand intellectual property law.

All a technology cross license agreement can do is grant access rights. It cannot legally remove any access right. All the GPL does is grant access rights. There is no way that a grant of additional access rights can remove already granted rights.

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nedvis Member since:
2006-01-02

Only equal rights are RIGHT !!!
You said: "...giving people more rights without restricting the rights s-u-p-p-o-s-e-d-l-y protected by the license is not a violation of the license."
You are wrong if you think Novell gave "more rights" to Linux users by signing deal with Microsoft since it pertains to NOVEL-SuSE Linux user ONLY and it's not extended to entire Linux community.
Now that's the violation of GPL simply because other Linux users ( RedHat,Debian and so on...) are EXCLUDED from the "peace treaty" signed by Novell and Microsoft.

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

You are wrong if you think Novell gave "more rights" to Linux users by signing deal with Microsoft since it pertains to NOVEL-SuSE Linux user ONLY and it's not extended to entire Linux community.
Now that's the violation of GPL simply because other Linux users ( RedHat,Debian and so on...) are EXCLUDED from the "peace treaty" signed by Novell and Microsoft.


Oh really? Can you show me exactly what clause of the GPL Novell is violating? You don't offer any proof whatsoever. Where does the GPL explicitly state that these kinds of agreements cannot be made? The best you could come up with is probably some legal gray area and I don't think that is the case. The GPL is about code sharing, not about sharing agreements made between companies.

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