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.
Thread beginning with comment 209074
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
The patent agreement is null and void..
by linux-it on Sun 4th Feb 2007 19:17 UTC
linux-it
Member since:
2006-07-13

"Not so. The agreement is null and void as you cannot sue a customer due to patent infringement. "

which leaves the deal about interoperability -- so again the question stays: why would it be a problem? If Novell changes code to GPL code, by using MS information, it has to release that code too.

Any efforts to try to stop this kind of deals basically translate into: "hey I do not want interoperability!" and that exactly is what FSF for whatever reason is aiming at.

How good can that be?

Novell always has adhered to the GPL stuff and has given back all kind of changes. There is no reason to believe that it will do different anytime soon.

There are pragmatic people and idiologists. These two streams are growing apart quite a bit. Do we reallyw ant that?

Reply Score: 1

cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"There are pragmatic people and idiologists"

Wrong argument wrong place. There are arguments around Linus' pragmatic view when it comes to binary blobs in the kernel...or using bitkeeper.

You could even argue that using GPL2 for the kernel instead of GPL to allow *possible* wider adoption of the Linux kernel is pragmatic.

How and why? does pragmatic apply.

The only think pragmatic here is the move from GPL3...so this Novell nonsense will not happen again.

Currently there is *nothing* wrong with what Novell has done, and thats a problem for Novell users in a few years and other Linux users now.

Your comment is more bizarre when I *Samba* quite a well know product for interoperability is going GPL3.

Reply Parent Score: 2