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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WTF is wrong with you abraxas?

From GPL preamble:
"Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all."
=Can you show me exactly what clause of the GPL Novell is violating=
If it's not "exactly (the) clause" it's the "spirit" of the GPL

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MollyC Member since:

RMS has already said that that Novell/MS deal does NOT violate GPL2 (and yes, that includes the much ballyhooed "section 7").

But the FSF is considering crafting GPL3 in such a way as to *manufacture* a violation, but that would only apply to GPL3.

Rather than waste time with that, what the FSF *should* be doing is closing the web-app loophole, that allows parties to incorporate GPL code into their web apps, and release the web apps for use by the public, without disclosing their own code; because they are distributing browser-based web apps rather than local binaries, they are not required to disclose their code even if it makes use of GPL code. This very much violates the "spirit" of GPL. Right now, there is nothing preventing Microsoft from incorporating GPL code into an online version of Office and distributing that for use by the public without disclosing their own code. And Google may very well be doing this as we speak, as well as smaller players.

And this will only get worse as time goes on, as more and more apps are released as web apps rather than local binaries. As web apps become more and more prevelant, the GPL becomes more and more impotent unless this loophole is closed.

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