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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RE[7]: FUD...
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: FUD..."
rayiner
Member since:
2005-07-06

Novell signed a deal with Microsoft to give patent protection to their users regarding Microsoft's patents. That's opens up everyone else who distributes Linux but isn't part of the deal to patent lawsuits from Microsoft.

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RE[8]: FUD...
by Hiev on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:17 in reply to "RE[7]: FUD..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

And at the same time you all are saying MS can't sue anyone for this and would never win in a trial, make up your mind first.

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RE[9]: FUD...
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:25 in reply to "RE[8]: FUD..."
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

It doesn't matter if they can win. With Microsoft's resources, they could crush a competitor just by bringing the lawsuit. A small target (like RedHat), would run out of money before the case was even decided.

That is the legal system here in the US, where most cases never even make it to trial. People will regularly concede defeat just to avoid the legal costs of a trial.

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