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04.19.08

Links 19/04/2008: Ubuntu on ARM; Hardy @ RC; AGPLv3 Up Over 20%

Posted in News Roundup at 10:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    April 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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    Note that the worst part of MS-Novell deal only comes into play if MS is actually suing Linux users for patent violation, then, and only then, is Linux made non-free software. The real problem with this is that it increases the incentive for MS to sue and MS could bribe free software developers to keep the patented tech in other to collect royalties. So probably not worth a boycott, but be careful.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 20, 2008 at 12:29 am

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    Note that the worst part of MS-Novell deal only comes into play if MS is actually suing Linux users for patent violation, then, and only then, is Linux made non-free software.

    Not exactly. Allow me to explain this the way I view it, but please feel free to disagree. Microsoft does not need to sue if it can rattle a sabers and then:

    1. Extract payments

    OR

    2. Scare vendors who might wish to include ‘dangerous’ components (c/f recent story about Red Hat and codecs dilemma)

    OR

    3. Scare customers (businesses in particular), who might view such things with uncertainty in mind.

    Fear is a strong driver. Lawsuits are more about a reality, as opposed to perceived risk, which can be more effective.

    Fear is costly because it can harm business or lead to irrational spendings.

  3. Yhuong Bao said,

    April 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

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    Indeed, part of being careful is not believe the FUD.

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