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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Because of the whims of a bunch of idiots, Linux loses the little credibility it has gained over the years. FSF if you don't like companies to use the code of your code developers the way they see fit, say it loud, and investors will look somewhere else. Thanks for nothing.

Astounding how often those who have no credibility attempt to besmirch the credibility of others.

The simple fact of the matter is this: Microsoft have the right to do with their code "what they see fit", and everyone acknowledges this. The only reason this argument exist is because proprietary software companies only like open source code that they can steal for proprietary uses. Free software was created to be immune to that danger, and now that the patent threat has cropped up, efforts are being made to reinforce it.

If that pisses off proprietary software companies, too bad.

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