Ray David Whitmer wrote (@ Quarta, 6 de Dezembro de 2006 18:44):
On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 08:44:29AM -0700, Ray David Whitmer wrote:
- How does one support Suse as a customer while avoiding and opposing
the per-seat false patent tax collected by Novell in behalf of Microsoft?
Wow, luckily the question is not biased. When did you stop beating your spouce/partner/mother?
If it is only the truth that is automatically biased against you, that is sad, and sad that a straw man is all you can set up to answer it.
True or false:
Novell agreed to pay a fee to Microsoft for patent indemnification of its users that is based upon the number of enterprise users who buy its product?
No, there is nothing like that in the agreement AFAIK. What happen was that Microsoft's CEO tried to imply that Novell had signed the agreement because it felt Linux was infringing Microsoft IP. Novell CEO has promptly responded (the message was sent to the list and is very much worth reading) that it was not true and stated Novell position's on the agreement. Then, Microsoft stated that they "agreed to disagree".
Either way, this is all oral crap. It has no pratical effects, other than trying to get people bashing Novell and Suse. Yeah, it seems that Microsoft was an ass and tried to harm Novell. But maybe something good will come up out of this as the agreement still stands. What the agreement says has legal implications. The reasons why any of the parties signed it has none.
How do I avoid supporting this sort of anti-free-software action?
- Can/will Novell still use its patents to protect open projects by
threatening to sue Microsoft to keep projects free as was pledged in the past.
Unanswerd? This has been answerd before and the answer is yes.
Please, show me where you think it has been adequately answered. How can Novell reconcile the apparently-conflicting pledges, as has been brought up in many places?
- Not even Microsoft and Novell can contest the fact that they did
<snip more biased questions.> So when have you pretended to stop drowning kittens?
Since the announcements seemed to go on about what they had to do to get around the GPL, it was clear they were doing what they could to get around the clearly stated principles of the GPL. I had expected a better response from the rank and file of your company because they have generally not been the problem in the past blunders.
Do you think this sort of approach will cause the problem you have created to go away?
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