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Computer Business Review: Stallman Finally Comments on Novell/Microsoft Patent Deal

Nov 28, 2006, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])


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"A transcript of the speech made by Richard Stallman at the 5th International GPLv3 Conference is now online, and includes Stallman's first comments on the Novell/Microsoft deal. According to Stallman, the deal does not mean Novell is in breach of the GNU GPLv2, but it will be in breach of the GPLv3 when the FSF has finished drafting it.

"'What has happened is, Microsoft has not given Novell a patent license, and thus, section 7 of GPL version 2 does not come into play,' he said. 'Instead, Microsoft offered a patent licence that is rather limited to Novell's customers alone..."

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