Keep up the good momentum
Posted Apr 21, 2003 17:22 UTC (Mon) by kmagnusson
In reply to: Keep up the good momentum
Parent article: An apology from Novell's CEO
I want to clarify my comment about seeing "Novell" and "GPL" in the same headline--I can see that it was confusing. I don't want to disappoint anyone, but Novell doesn't have plans to release our proprietary services under the GPL--things like our file, print, directory, collaboration, and other services are how we are adding proprietary value to Linux for our customers, and they are what our customers customarily pay for when purchasing NetWare.
What I meant was that when we develop Linux kernel code, we will of course contribute these improvements to the developer community under the GPL. We have staffed up a large team of Linux kernel engineers whose intentions are to become first-class citizens of the Linux developer community in the same way HP, IBM, Red Hat, SUSE, etc. are. Further, Novell is evaluating which of its proprietary technologies are good candidates for open source release, and we will likely use the GPL for the license for these projects. So that's why you'd see "Novell" and "GPL" in the same headline--code contributions to the Linux developer community, and new open source projects of formerly proprietary code. I hope that clarifies things a little bit--I certainly didn't mean to mislead anyone. Thanks for understanding.
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