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Microsoft Avoids GPL Trap To Step Into Snare

Jul 11, 2007, 23:15 (2 Talkback[s])


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"Microsoft sought to avoid tangling itself up in the GPL license when it struck a deal with Novell. Rather than pay Novell, it agreed to hand out SUSE Linux coupons to consumers. It stayed at arms length from distributing the code... But did Microsoft circumvent the trap of GPLv2 by stepping into the snare of GPLv3?

"Those coupons don't really have a set of contractual limitations built into them. For example, there's no expiration date. Microsoft has been scattering millions of dollars of purchasing power for GPL code to the four winds, and having done so, it's issued a press release saying it certainly doesn't want to subsidize GPLv3 purchases..."

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