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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I'd just like to point out that Sun open sourcing Solaris and Java, GPL3 or not, is not because they actually care about open source or the ideals of the free software foundation. They did it because Solaris and Java were on a slippery slope to becoming irrelevent. Just like Novell jumping on the Linux bandwagon because of NetWare's demise, Sun is doing the same thing. Don't think for a second they're an ally of the FSF. They're doing exactly what they needed to do.

I don't know what the FSF is getting at with these latest comments, but there is no new evidence or news. It's the same old lines with nothing to back them up.

I'd like to get on a soap box for a second. Samba, while offering something the community needs, helps to proliferate Microsoft's server protocols. If or when Microsoft breaks current SMB/CIFS compatibility with Longhorn server, Samba will react, correct? If Microsoft is indeed the enemy, Samba continues to bring them relevence in the open source world. Why is that? Might it be because users need that functionality? I understand that Microsoft didn't "invent" SMB, but let's face it, it's their domain(no pun intended). I'm sorry, but I don't put too much stock into the moral objections of an organization that support and bring relevence to a major and closed source technology of "the enemy".

What's left is the patents issue. And I'm still unsure of where the problems exist. I'm not saying they don't but nobody, even the FSF's lawyer, has been able to explain it.

Edited 2007-02-04 02:49

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