SUSE & Patent FUD: Who Do We Boycott Now?
Now that Microsoft and SUSE have announced they plan to continue sleeping together, I wonder if the folks at Techrights are rethinking their plans to pull the plug on Boycott Novell?
In case you don’t know, Boycott Novell is a project started by Techrights in response to Microsoft’s and Novell’s announcement, in 2006, that they would be collaborating on Windows and Linux interoperability and support. The deal had Redmond shoveling money to Novell’s Linux distro SUSE in $100 million increments, and included an agreement that Novell’s customers wouldn’t be sued by Microsoft for patent infringements.
As originally worded, this patent deal was in complete violation of the GPL and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the real purpose here was to sow FUD, pure and simple. Soon afterward, if memory serves, Techrights began the Boycott Novel project to research and document the shenanigans between Microsoft and Novell.