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: Self Defeating
by elsewhere on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:17 UTC in reply to "Self Defeating"
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Also, if having only two vendors to choose from is fun, having only one should be even more fun! Remember, if your software is certified only on RHEL and Novell, you're not using anything else if you want support.

Until, that is, Microsoft decides to announce that as part of their existing agreement with Red Hat/JBoss, they're extending equal patent protection to RHEL customers. Red Hat will, of course, claim that the existing agreement in no way was intended to provide patent indemnity for GPL products, but that doesn't matter any more than it did when Novell made the same claims.

Then Microsoft can have more fun by claiming that their patent cross-licensing agreements with IBM will extend to patent protection for IBM's linux customers. IBM can claim that they don't support any such assertion, but as we've seen, that's irrelevant.

I'm really interested in seeing just how the FSF thinks they're going to pull off such a restrictive licensing clause and actually make it enforceable.

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