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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by cfaak on Sun 4th Feb 2007 02:38 UTC
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Everyone agrees that Novell has not violated the GPL.

They did not in any way license any patents to or from MS - these two firms just agreed not to sue each others customers!!!

This has not changed MS's ability to sue other Linux distros customers - if they should so chose. Nothing has changed except that the major holder of UNIX patents has agreed not sue MS customers for violatons of UNIX patents (you do remember that Novell holds rights to all UNIX patents).

Therefore all these people so mad at Novell are angry with Novell because they are not going to sue - users of Windows!!!!!

The rest of the agreement does not differ from ohter agreements that have been entered into by other Linux distro developers.

In fact the rest of the agreement may well make Patent actions by MS against any Linux user much more dificult. As they sell Linux and take no actions against Novell for any patents they feel were infringed and they continue to sell the Linux they may soon face the "Dirty hands" defense.

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