"Not since SCO has there been a company so reviled by the open source community as Novell following its deal with Microsoft. Already there are some clear signs of the negative effects of that anger: senior coders have left the company; Novell has posted a loss for the most recent quarter; and there are calls for a boycott of Novell products – to say nothing of imminent changes to the GNU GPL that might well nullify the entire Novell-Microsoft deal. Some people are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of Novell crashing and burning completely, but such a development could actually turn out to be one of the worst things to happen to free software."

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10 years 48 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago


Novell isn't going to crash and

Novell isn't going to crash and burn. GPLv3 doesn't even touch them (only MS) and even if it did Novell could probably reinvent itself. If Novell did sell its copyrights to a company hostile to free software, that would be a set-back. However, there is no proven copyright or patent infringement in GNU/Linux, and plenty of companies to defend against such claims.