- From Dr Dobb's Portal (CMP)
Embrace, Extend, Exterminate?
Over at ciol.com, Shashwat Chaturvedi has written a long and
insightful backgrounder and analysis of the Microsoft/Novell pact,
and what it means for global opensource, and for the prospects of
opensource in India.
Chaturvedi is a good thinker who knows his history and reasons well
from premises. And he's interviewed some of the inheritors of Raymond
Noorda's mantle, here, who add significant insight. Worth a
Posted by John Jainschigg at 05:00 PM
- 2006/12/1, Atul Chitnis <listadmin@...>:
>A quote from the post:
> Worth a
> Hauger also pooh-poohs the 'embrace, extend, exterminate' talk. "All thisEvery software released under GPL is copyrighted software and not public
> talk does not really make logical sense. No one owns or controls GPL
> (General Public License), so where is the talk of exterminating it? It all
> seems quite humorous," says Hauger.
domain. What does he mean by "No one owns or controls GPL"? It is the
software that is governed by GPL that matters and it is controlled by the
developers who owns the copyright to the software and distributed as per
some terms (GPL and other FOSS licenses) which you are supposed to agree if
you are distributing it (and it is clear that Novell has agreed by
distributing GPL covered works such as the linux kernel, the GNU C library,
GNOME, KDE ... ).
The developers feel Novell betrayed them and it violates GPL.
See samba teams response http://news.samba.org/announcements/team_to_novell/
Also what Bruce Perens has to say http://techp.org/petition/show/1
"To Mr. Hovsepian,
The Open Source community would find little to criticize in your agreement
with Microsoft, had it remained a strictly financial and technical
agreement. As the agreement stands today, it betrays the authors of the
software you re-market and their users worldwide for Novell's sole
... [sniped] * Bruce Perens, *creator of *Electric Fence* and *Busybox*, two
programs that are important to Novell Linux and are covered by the GPL.
So its clear that the talk makes sense. Even Andrew Cowie explaned the legal
threats which Novell has put the community under like making a precedent for
FAT patent which Microsoft has not used in years.
"Value your freedom, or you will lose it, teaches history.
`Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn."
-- Richard Stallman
Me scribbles at http://www.pravi.co.nr
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