Linux-Watch: Perens blasts Microsoft/Novell "protection racket"
Mar 20, 2007, 15:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"Perens, a vocal opponent of the Microsoft/Novell patent deal,
stated that while the arrangement was legal under the GPLv2,
Novell's deal was made in "bad faith with the open-source community
and [was] not moral."
More than that, though, Perens said, if the Novell-Microsoft
patent deal is allowed to stand. It would take only as few as "two
or three intellectual property law-suits" of open-source developers
or small business at a cost of at least $5 million dollars a pop,
to destroy open-source development. So, from where he sits, Novell
is running a "protection racket" with "Big Mikey" as the