Samba Team Denounces Novell/Microsoft Patent Pact
The Samba programmers object to Novell's patent agreement with Microsoft. (Linux-Watch)The Samba team, which is responsible for software that enables Linux systems to use and provide Windows-compatible file and print servers, announced on Nov. 12 that it "disapproves strongly" of Novells recently announced patent agreement with Microsoft. The Microsoft/Novell patent deal was part of the two companies larger agreements about improving sales and working together to improve interoperability between Windows and Linux. The Samba group in a public letter to Novell wrote that "one of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing them to agree to coercive licensing agreements which restrict their rights to share with each other, whereas the free software world encourages users to unite and share the benefits of the software."
Novell explains and defends its patent agreement with Microsoft. Click here to read more.