Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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RE[3]: Come on...
by KenJackson on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Come on..."
KenJackson
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And GPL3 will fragment the Linux codebase into two incompatible halves,...

Unfortunately, that is a possibility. And maybe you are right that MS is expecting it to happen. So maybe their current actions are simply intended to goad infighting amongst the principals of free software, whom they no-doubt view in they way you have depicted Richard Stallman.

But I am hopeful that whatever Microsoft thinks, expects and wants will be held at arm's length and not be allowed to affect the course of free software.

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