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[9]: FUD...
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:25 UTC 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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RE[10]: FUD...
by Hiev on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:28 in reply to "RE[9]: FUD..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Then with or w/o GPLv3 the case is the same, the difference is that with GPLv3 MS gets a splitted community to fight against,

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RE[11]: FUD...
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 20:41 in reply to "RE[10]: FUD..."
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

With the GPLv3, Novell's patent deal would likely not have happened. Microsoft is far less likely to bring a lawsuit if they don't have what amounts to an admission of patent infringement on the part of Novell.

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