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

“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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