Novell != Novell's customers
Posted Nov 28, 2006 12:51 UTC (Tue) by lmb
In reply to: Novell != Novell's customers
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Exactly. It is Novell's policy to never ship infringing code. Never has been, never will be. SUSE, Ximian and the rest of the Novell OSS engineering will never introduce "patent bombs"; we're still the same good guys as we've always been. We'll treat any known "infringement" a bug and fix it.
I really don't get how people come up with this strange idea. Gedankenexperiment time: Don't you think, even if it _were_ true, it would be kinda obvious if suddenly MS sued someone for a patent infringement introduced by a Novell engineer from now on? Do you really think this would stand _any_ chance in court? With those anti-trust and conspiracy guns focused on MS/Novell right now?
Nothing has changed. Code from Novell engineers is not unsafe; if anything, it is safer than before. And we got a lot more cash to spend on development of OSS code now.
Software patents are still bad and need to disappear, or at least radically reformed (and I think you'll eventually see even more activity in this direction as well); because the real threat are still the patent troll companies.
A patent troll injecting code via a malicious or even unsuspecting independent developer is much more low-key; that's the much better conspiracy theory, you know.
And even then: The code would simply be ripped out and rewritten. Linux goes on.
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