Microsoft: We Will Not Be Bound by GPL v3

Lora Bentley

Here's a shocker -- Microsoft says it isn't bound by GPL v3. We all knew it was coming; what surprises me is that the company waited nearly a week to tell us.


Via a statement on its Web site, Microsoft says none of its actions -- including distributing support coupons under its agreements with Novell and other Linux distributors -- are to be interpreted as an agreement to be bound under GPL v3.


And in case there's any confusion at all -- Microsoft will restrict its coupons to code issued under GPL v2 only:

...[T]he 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.

Quite different than the Free Software Foundation's view on the issue, but again -- no surprise there.

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