This is Gnome/Mono speaking, not SUSE
Posted Nov 28, 2006 21:12 UTC (Tue) by vblum
In reply to: This is Gnome/Mono speaking, not SUSE
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Thanks for answering, really.
I would have felt more comfortable if someone from the SUSE distribution had been in the lead (no harm intended by that statement, this only reflects my honest impression while reading). It was my initial suspicion that chiefly the Mono proponents might have thought they'd benefit from such an agreement (to put out a perpetual criticism with respect to their project), while SUSE's developers did not stand to benefit much from an implicit admission that there were patent liabilities to be paid for in their distribution. The fact that Nat did most of the talking served to further that impression (with me, and me alone).
I am also aware that Novell takes the stand that there was no patent admission, but the agreement was immediately used to foster that rumour, no matter what Novell's intentions were - and I honestly think it was supremely naive to think that this would not happen.
I am sorry that this did so much damage to SUSE, really - I do not think the patent side of this agreement was a good idea at all. But, maybe time will prove me wrong (see Jon Corbets very reasonable article on the matter).
Best of luck, VB
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