[Cialug] MSFT to partner with Novell
D. Joe Anderson
deejoe at etrumeus.com
Wed Nov 8 14:25:22 CST 2006
On Mon, Nov 06, 2006 at 10:34:41AM -0600, Josh More wrote:
> The way I read the announcement is that the indemnification agreement
> with Novell covers both Novell's products and noncommercial open
> source projects. That should mean that Ubuntu and Debian are covered.
> The ones who would not be covered would be those components in
> commercial Linux that do not exist as noncommercial projects.
> This would seem to mostly effect Red Hat and Lindows^H^H^H^Hspire.
Wait. Even though it has a community focus and rich sugar
daddy, Canonical is a commercial endeavor, isn't it?
What is it about the existence of Ubuntu that protects Canonical
that the existence of Fedora doesn't do for Redhat?
Speaking of Debian, consider points 6 and 8 of the Debian Free
No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the
program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not
restrict the program from being used in a business, or from
being used for genetic research.
License Must Not Be Specific to Debian
The rights attached to the program must not depend on the
program's being part of a Debian system. If the program is
extracted from Debian and used or distributed without Debian but
otherwise within the terms of the program's license, all parties
to whom the program is redistributed should have the same rights
as those that are granted in conjunction with the Debian system.
An "oh, non-profits can use it" permission still keeps it
non-free, in Debian's eyes, as far as I can tell.
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