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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You do realize that many of the programs/libraries they needed to build the whole system with development tools, interoperability and "who knows what more" are GPL, right?

Just to be a little explicit: samba, gcc, gdb, gnome, kde (multiple license) and many, many more (drivers and what more). Linux (the kernel) of course, is not included as you suggested to use BSD kernels.

Fact is, before Linux adoption Novell was a free fallen company without a direction, now they have.

So, really, doesn't matter that much which one they have picked. Would be almost irrelevant.

Now, I still think that FSF is looking at wrong target. Microsoft draconian OEM contracts is what should be beat. The control pressure they exercise on the computer industry, as in the documents formats and hardware specs non-disclosure contracts.

If they, FSF, insist on this path, to put away business support we all need, I fear we could end up with a consortium of companies forking the entire FSF base and keep the current Linux kernel, if they manage to keep it GPL2 only. Or worse, grab one of the current *BSDs and create a consortium around it too. Damn, I hope not (nothing against *BSD kernels, I'm a long time FreeBSD user, but we do not want one more BSD kernel fork).

Maybe, we shold stick with GPL2 and be calm. No matter what kind of DRM someone develops, as long as MS products can have access to them, it will end up with someone cracking it. Also, on many conutries they are already awake of the problems of DRM (as they try to enforce in USA) clauses, being many of them even invalid on some (talking about fair use).

I think we need to be patient. May take time, but the cost will push most of us to FOSS software anyway, at least when talking about general purpose software, the benefit is impossible to overlook and ignore.

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