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"Microsoft on Thursday took steps to avoid entanglement with a new version of the General Public License, the most widely used license in the free and open-source software domain."

""Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of GPLv3 or assuming any legal obligations under such license," the company said in a statement. "To avoid any doubt or legal debate on this issue, Microsoft has decided that the Novell support certificates that we distribute to customers will not entitle the recipient to receive from Novell, or any other party, any subscription for support and updates relating to any code licensed under GPLv3.""

A Patent Lie

Timothy B. Lee wrote a potentially high impact article for the The New York Times weighing in on the software patents issue and concluding that, as Bill Gates certainly agreed in 1991, software patents are bad for the industry.

"What a difference 16 years makes. Last month, the technology world was abuzz over an interview in Fortune magazine in which Bradford Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, accused users and developers of various free software products of patent infringement and demanded royalties. Indeed, in recent years, Mr. Smith has argued that patents are essential to technological breakthroughs in software.

Eben Moglen is one of the most significant role players in the Free Software movement. As a speaker he knows how to touch people while explaining even the seemingly most complex issues in a way a child could understand.'s Joe Barr did an interview with him on a recent Red Hat Summit and released a series of videos of it. You can find the last one here along with the links to the others. They are all in an ogg format.

I have included this series in our feature compilation of inspiring videos on Free Digital Culture with a few quotes. It's really worth a watch.

Nobody knows Linux

In Computer Village, Nigeria, "linux" costs more than MS windows. Why? Simple: more CDs.


"When I first read a blog pointed to by nerd news aggregator Slashdot that two of the world's leading science journals are rejecting document submissions in Word 2007, I was mildly intrigued. When I discovered that not even Word 2007 documents saved in earlier version Microsoft Word formats would accepted, my interest level shot through the roof."

"For reasons known only to itself, Microsoft has changed the default equations editor of Word 2007 so that, unlike previous versions of Word, it is no longer compatible with the globally accepted standard for writing equations in documents, Mathematical Markup Language (MathML)."