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GNU is Not Unix

+ - GPLv3 on the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Groklaw has an article that unravels some of the mystery of GPLv3 and the clauses dealing with the Microsoft/Novell Patent Agreement. From the article:

I take it that the focus is upon preventing Microsoft from being able to pursue its patent strategy, and rather than "punishing" Novell, instead protecting noncommercial developers, and thus depriving Novell of economic benefits of the deal. It really makes it more important than ever that the kernel guys realize that if they do not go to GPLv3, they will be enabling Novell's patent deal and preventing the effects of GPLv3 from taking effect.
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