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Microsot-Novell sudden alliance

Personally I am not at all excited by this news. OSNEWS has a series of very good articles that resume the problem….

Novell-Microsoft: MS Open To More Distros, Red Hat Responds
  Linked by Thom Holwerda on 2006-11-03 20:02:30 UTC

Some more reactions to the Novell-Microsoft deal. Firstly, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company is open to talking to other #Linux distributors about reaching mutual patent coverage deals similar to the agreement signed Nov. 2 with Novell. Secondly, according to Red Hat, this deal means that ‘Linux has won’, while also saying they would never make such an agreement with Microsoft: "An innovation tax is unthinkable. Free and open source software provide the necessary environment for true innovation. Innovation without fear or threat. Activities that isolate communities or limit upstream adoption will inevitably stifle innovation." More reactions here and here.

Novell-Microsoft: What They Aren’t Telling You
  Linked by Thom Holwerda on 2006-11-03 16:08:33 UTC, submitted by twickline

Of course the net is buzzing with reactions to the Novell-Microsoft agreement of yesterday. Bruce Perens is very negative about it all: "What aren’t they telling you? First, you can be sure that Microsoft’s not out to help a competitor. This announcement paves the way for Microsoft to implement significant control over commercial customer’s use of Free Software. And it has significant negative implications for Open Source in general." Eben Moglen of the FSF says about the possible GPL issues: "If you make an agreement which requires you to pay a royalty to anybody for the right to distribute GPL software, you may not distribute it under the GPL."

Microsoft, Novell Ink #Linux Deal
  Linked by Thom Holwerda on 2006-11-02 22:05:39 UTC, submitted by anonymous

At a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and Novell. The unprecedented deal will have Microsoft offering a degree of sales support for Novell’s SUSE #Linux while both companies work towards better interoperability between their respective operating systems. As part of the agreement, Microsoft also promises not to wield its patent portfolio against SUSE #Linux. More here. You can follow the live webcast announcement, by Steve Ballmer, here. Update: Novell has put up a detailed FAQ about this deal.

Microsoft is trying for sure one more time to embrace the open source community for better extinguish it later.
Novell If You are smart, You’d better refuse that deal!

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