Novell and the Brave New Open-Source WorldBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2006-11-20 Email Print
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Opinion: The company's deal with Microsoft may not sit well with open-source idealists, but it is not a betrayal of Linux. (Linux-Watch)For some people, when Novell recently made a deal with Microsoft, it might as well have sold its soul to the devil.
At the same time, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been mouthing off about how Microsoft signed the pact because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and Microsoft wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."
Novell, with its corporate headquarters in Massachusettsnot hellwas not amused.
The letter actually could have a better nameit's actually a letter both to the community and to Microsoft.
First, to the community, Novell reminded open-source fandom that it's done a lot of good in the past for open-source's IP (intellectual property) rights.
While Hovsepian didn't mention this one, I will. Novell, with its own IP claims to Unix and its highly entertaining slash at SCO for the money SCO got from Microsoft, has made darn sure that easily the most public attempt to ruin Linux will likely come to nothing.
Does this sound like a company that's suddenly turned anti-Linux? Anti-open source? It doesn't to me.
I'm fed up with people acting like Novell has become a heretic in the Church of Open Source. There has always been a wide range of opinions about what's proper and what's not in open-source software.
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