Its Linux ally Novell is not going along with its plans to force Linux distributors to join its approved partners, pay up or be sued and the Open Sauce community has a counter attack planned.
According to ZD Net, Eben Moglen, who is designing the next version of the GNU Public License GPL v3, says that the Free Software Foundation's next draft includes a new clause where those agreeing to it will not sue anyone else.
This automatically applies to everyone using the new licence and means that if Vole does not cancel its pact, it would end up automatically indemnifying all GNU vendors and users.
However, changes to the GPL will not fix any patent problems with Linux which is stuck in GPL v2 because a lot of Linux developers, including Linus Torvalds, don't like the strongly worded anti-DRM clauses.
If the two sides can kiss and make up then the new licence will make Microsoft's plan history. A few weeks ago if you had suggested that the two sides would bury the hatchet people would have laughed.
But it seems that Volish machinations could force the two sides together for the survival of the operating system. This is something that we bet Ballmer was not planning.
Another winner will be Novell which has cashed a patent cheque for several million dollars that will buy Microsoft practically nothing.
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