11.13.06

Samba Team Denounces the Novell Deal

Posted in Action, Deals, GPL, Microsoft, Novell, Patent Covenant, Samba at 12:20 pm by Shane Coyle

Here is a link to their full announcement, but this excerpt summarizes it pretty well:

The patent agreement struck between Novell and Microsoft is a divisive agreement. It deals with users and creators of free software differently depending on their “commercial” versus “non-commercial” status, and deals with them differently depending on whether they obtained their free software directly from Novell or from someone else.

The goals of the Free Software community and the GNU GPL allow for no such distinctions.

Furthermore, the GPL makes it clear that all distributors of GPL’d software must stand together in the fight against software patents. Only by standing together do we stand a chance of defending against the peril represented by software patents. With this agreement Novell is attempting to destroy that unified defense, exchanging the long term interests of the entire Free Software community for a short term advantage for Novell over their competitors.

Welcome to Boycott Novell

Posted in Boycott Novell at 12:13 pm by Shane Coyle

The way to communicate with a corporation is economically. It is unacceptable behavior on Novell’s part to legitimize and participate in MS FUD campaign, and to violate the very license that allows them to distribute the community’s work in the first place. I say let the big MS lump payment be their severance from the community.

And with these words, www.boycottnovell.com is born.

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