O começo da reação ao acordo MS + Novell?
12 November 2006
Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider
The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on
One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software
world and the free software world is that the proprietary software
world divides users by forcing them to agree to coercive licensing
agreements which restrict their rights to share with each other,
whereas the free software world encourages users to unite and share
the benefits of the software.
The patent agreement struck between Novell and Microsoft is a
divisive agreement. It deals with users and creators of free software
differently depending on their "commercial" versus "non-commercial"
status, and deals with them differently depending on whether they
obtained their free software directly from Novell or from someone else.
The goals of the Free Software community and the GNU GPL allow for no
Furthermore, the GPL makes it clear that all distributors of GPL'd
software must stand together in the fight against software patents.
Only by standing together do we stand a chance of defending against
the peril represented by software patents. With this agreement Novell
is attempting to destroy that unified defense, exchanging the long
term interests of the entire Free Software community for a short term
advantage for Novell over their competitors.
For Novell to make this deal shows a profound disregard for the
relationship that they have with the Free Software community. We are,
in essence, their suppliers, and Novell should know that they have no
right to make self serving deals on behalf of others which run
contrary to the goals and ideals of the Free Software community.
Using patents as competitive tools in the free software world is not
acceptable. Novell, as a participant in numerous debates, discussions
and conferences on the topic knew this to be the case. We call upon
Novell to work with the Software Freedom Law Center to undo the
patent agreement and acknowledge its obligations as a beneficiary of
the Free Software community.
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