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A recent article by LinuxJournal's Nicholas Petreley, named "A five year deal with Microsoft to dump Novell/SUSE", points to the contradiction in statements of the two companies in regard to the patent infringement issue and calls for two things, for customers and users to essentially boycott Novell SuSE ("first front") and FSF to take a stand and actually sue Novell ("second front"). The latter is obvious from a statement which also reflects an apparent disagreement with GPLv3 as means of combating DRM, quoting:
Doc Searls has published a well written article on what is an extremely important issue today, the issue of ownership of ideas, contrasting the lock down of innovative ideas with the value of opening them up towards further cooperative development. He has named the article as Ten ideas about Ideas presenting ten points about the nature of ideas and the best way to release their potential.
Excuse a rather extreme contrast painted by the title as I point you to quite an interesting article on Free Software Magazine about recent events regarding the deal between Novell and Microsoft and how it relates to the Free Software community. The contrast is put between a 100% Free Software distribution which has had it's first major release under FSF's sponsorship, gNewSense, and our latest apparent sell out, Novell.
On a related note, RedHat has already had its say on this controversial deal and has quite provocatively stated that they will be here in one year and Novell will not.
There is a very good article on Free Software Magazine encouraging for those who stand up for Free Software. I'll quote one of the best parts: "Let's not get off the freedom train so soon. The Free Software Foundation has been nurturing this vision along for so many years, and a little commercial success doesn't change the ultimate goal. I'm unable to articulate very well what I see as the problem here: that this vision of free software and a free society has grown steadily for so many years, but because we've gone through a spurt of rapid growth thanks to corporations realizing one aspect of the value of free software (its low cost and power), suddenly people want to say the FSF's approach is no longer relevant.