[sf-lug] Fwd: [school-discuss] Fwd: A Landmark Announcement

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Nov 7 08:36:38 PST 2006

> To: schoolforge-discuss at schoolforge.net
> Subject: Re: [school-discuss] Fwd: A Landmark Announcement
> Reply-To: schoolforge-discuss at schoolforge.net
>  Novell-Microsoft: What They Aren't Telling You
> By Bruce Perens
> "There are two significant announcements. First, that Novell and 
> Microsoft are entering into a patent cross-license, and second, that 
> Microsoft is promising not to assert its patents against individual 
> non-commercial developers. The bad part is that this sets Mirosoft up 
> to assert its patents against all commercial Open Source users. There 
> are also some little bonuses for Microsoft, like Novell will help 
> Microsoft turn back the Open Document Format and substitute something 
> Microsoft controls.
> When we say "commercial", it's interesting to note that there are 
> really few non-commercial users: people who only use their computer 
> for a hobby. Buying something on a web site, for example, is a 
> commercial use. Most individuals use their computers in some aspect of 
> making their livelihood. There will now be a Microsoft-approved path 
> for such people to make use of Open Source, an expensive subscription 
> to Novell SuSe Linux that costs as much or more than Microsoft Windows 
> and that comes with a patent license."
> Full article at http://technocrat.net/d/2006/11/2/9945
>  --
> "Value your freedom, or you will lose it, teaches history.
> `Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to 
> learn."
>          -- Richard Stallman
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