Ray David Whitmer wrote (@ Quarta, 6 de Dezembro de 2006 15:44):
- 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?
- 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.
- Not even Microsoft and Novell can contest the fact that they did
their best to circumvent the intent of the GPL.
What happen? That's big news. I have not been able to follow slashdot, so I mostly follow what's posted here. Please post the developments.
Does this set the tone for the future, especially with respect to the likely adoption of GPL v3 terms to close the holes exploited by Microsoft through Novell in this case? How do we know whether Novell will continue down this course they have set and work against the interests of the community? If Microsoft starts threatening more actively, which this license from Novell seems to encourage them to do, which side is Novell on? Will Novell campaign against the best interests of the community in the fighting patenting of Free technologies?
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