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Open Source Initiative chimes in on Novell sale

Jan 01, 2011, 11:02 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is stepping into the Novell sale. The organization is asking the German Federal Cartel Office to investigate the sale of Novell's patents to the Microsoft-led CPTN.

"OSI is primarily known for being the keeper of the flame for the Open Source Definition (OSD) and approving licenses that meet the definition. But members of the self-appointed OSI board, in particular Simon Phipps, have said they wish to nudge OSI into becoming a more active organization with an actual representative membership structure. So far, little has happened, but this is at least a minor step in that direction.

"Like many others, OSI is concerned about the structure of CPTN and wonders what Apple, EMC, Microsoft, and Oracle have in common to want to share the Novell patent pool:"

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