This clears nothing up
Posted Nov 30, 2006 8:00 UTC (Thu) by Duncan
In reply to: This clears nothing up
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
>> [The deal] does not protect Novell from suit by Microsoft.
> Would't estoppel prevent this?
Perhaps normally, but in this case, no. The deal is specifically
worded /not/ to prevent MS from suing Novell itself, only certain downline
customers and (particularly controversially due to the extremely limited
wording, tho the articles mentions Novell is talking to MS about getting
this expanded) certain upline developers, in ordered to be able to wiggle
thru a loophole in the GPL v2, which would prevent Novell's redistribution
of GPLv2 software if the agreement covered Novell itself, without covering
the entire community, which the agreement certainly doesn't do and MS
would be unlikely to do.
... All conditional on my understanding of the issues, IANAL, etc...
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