Novell and Microsoft’s deal - A Call to Action
Novell bit the hand that feeds it. The Novell/Microsoft announcement reminds me of the saying, “Communism is a great concept, on paper”. This deal sounds nice, especially to the uninformed. A kinder, gentler Microsoft had a hard look in the mirror, and using the words of Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along?”. They and Novell worked out a way to help Microsoft and Linux to work together. If you can’t beat them, join them. Microsoft loves its customers and recognized that they were using Linux. Why not join Novell and make it easier for their customers to use a competitor?
It was clear what Microsoft’s motivations were. They made a covenant to not sue any developer as long as you are, in their term, a “Non-Compensated Individual Hobbyist Developer”. Thanks! As long as I develop software and do not share it with anyone or receive compensation for it, Microsoft pledges not to sue me. Novell really has helped out the community with this deal! What they are saying is who they may sue, namely, anyone who creates Free Software not using the Microsoft approved channel. The implication is that there are patent violations, but we are left guessing as to what these are. This helps to create fear to companies who may have considered a switch to Linux. It looks to them that they can either run Novell’s Linux or possibly get sued.
If this was truly about partnership and acceptance of Linux, why from day one were lawsuits being discussed?