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Free Software Foundation maintains opposition to Novell / Microsoft agreement and prepares revision of GPL (corrected)

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Novell may experience some difficulties in marketing the next versions of its software under the GPL license, a consequence of pressure from the community open source, which early opposed the agreement for interoperability between systems signed in November last year with Microsoft.

Believing that the connection between the two companies goes against the principles of the community, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) began to evaluate the possibility of preventing the commercialization of new versions of Linux under GPL license, and is already producing a preliminary version of the new GPLv3.

The Inquirer quotes Eben Moglen, general counsel for the organization, who admits that he exists with open source, the desire to «interfere with this type of agreement». The same source reveals that the alliance between Novell and Microsoft is cause for concern as it could be «the beginning of a significant assault on the patent system».

Eben Moglen guarantees that the foundation’s executive board has not yet reached a consensus on the position to be taken. However, the official admits that the entity’s final decision will be announced within a few weeks.

Although the agreement cannot be considered a violation of the licensing of version 2 of the GPL, the FSF is considering introducing changes in this regard to version 3 of the GPL, which is expected to have a first public version soon

Editor’s Note: [2007-02-05 18:43] The news was corrected as it was initially wrongly stated that Novell could be prevented from selling SUSE Linux, without explaining that the key issue is whether or not to use the GPL license.

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