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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RE[3]: Emotions
by SReilly on Mon 5th Feb 2007 10:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Emotions"
SReilly
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2006-12-28

I know what you mean. I'm not Stallman's biggest fan but I think he's right in this case. For once I see the pragmatic side of him that allot of people that have met him speak about.

As for knee jerk statements, isn't that always the case? It's been my experience in situations like this people let they're emotions take over, fly off the handle and spout venomous hate without first thinking the situation through.

I know it looks really detrimental to GNU/Linux and I understand why people are out for blood but the bottom line seems to be that the FSF is acting in a positive manner and trying to prevent such deals from being made in the future. Hopefully Novell will have learned their lesson and we can get on with revolutionising the IT industry ;-)

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