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Fallout from the Microsoft-Novell agreement continues

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Fallout from the Microsoft-Novell agreement continues unabated. Just about everyone who doesn’t work for Redmond or Waltham has jumped in and criticized the deal. Heck, even Microsoft’s own open source guru, Jason Matusow had some less then complimentary things to say about it! Even Novell’s open source honchos, Nat Freidman and Miquel de Icaza, admitted they weren’t consulted about the deal and would have structured it differently if they could.

Almost all of the current fallout concerns the promises not to sue for patent infringement, which Novell and Microsoft granted to each other and their users. The major sticking point appears to be Microsoft’s pledge not to sue noncommercial, individual open source developers while refusing to also make the same promise to commercial developers. That point was made very strongly by former Novellian Matt Asay who said:

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