Microsoft’s Linux Woes

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Latest Linux proposals could leave software behemoth and Novell out in cold.

Software behemoth Microsoft could be one of the biggest losers from proposed license changes to the Linux operating system unveiled Wednesday.

That’s a possible outcome of updates to the license pushed by the Free Software Foundation. The FSF wants to make mutually exclusive pacts such as the Novell-Microsoft open-source agreement (see Exit Interview: Jeremy Allison, Strange Bedfellows) a violation of the next iteration of the GNU GPL (General Public License), the license that governs Linux use.

“The impact I think most observers are worried about… [is] that the aggregated changes will prevent widespread adoption and therefore fragment the market into GPLv2 and v3 projects,” Red Monk analyst Stephen O’Grady said, referring to names of the current and upcoming licenses.
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