Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Posted Nov 27, 2006 20:32 UTC (Mon) by madscientist
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I agree: No comment is not the same as endorsement. If Eben really believes this agreement does not violate the GPLv2 I sure haven't seen him say so. Although I agree that Novell can take some comfort in the fact that he hasn't said it does violate the GPLv2, I don't think Nat's absolute statements here are justified.
For one thing, the FSF has a long history of working out legal issues like this behind closed doors, at least until it's blindingly obvious that those tactics won't achieve results they can live with. This policy has served them very well. It could be the case here, although one would assume that Nat would be aware of these discussions if they were ongoing, and wouldn't be speaking so categorically in that case.
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