Microsoft vs. FSF: The Feud Continues

Lora Bentley

In case anyone was still unclear how the Free Software Foundation feels about Microsoft's agreement with Novell -- and the subsequent declaration from Redmond that it would not be subject to GPL v3 -- the foundation issued a statement this week that it will "ensure that Microsoft respects our copyrights and complies with our licences."


According to, the FSF argues that Microsoft is subject to the license because it is offering Novell's SuSE Linux distribution to its customers. Microsoft, of course, maintains that Novell is the distributor. Moreover, the software juggernaut changed the terms of its agreement with Novell, stating the SuSE certificates would not entitle customers to support for GPL v3 code.


There's no doubt the questions raised by the dispute can only be answered in court, and like the Silicon Valley Sleuth suggests, it will be a long, drawn-out battle. Stay tuned.

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