Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 19, 2006 10:59 PM
I'd like to agree with you and I think this can be solution to this trap.
However, there is reason and there is law and both things not necessarily go together (or so it seems to me, IANAL).
Novell could _legally_ claim they meet all GPL conditions, including passing on the same right they have, namely the right of using the distributed source under a (paid) covenant with Microsoft.
This obviously is not what the GPL intended, but these guys used metaphors like "knifing the baby", they really are not here just to make deals and get new friends.
In the light of the recent events, I think it all could have even started since that infamous "Linux labs" from months ago. Maybe it was not to study Linux, but to create M$-Linux chimeras...
You all please pardon me for being that paranoid, but I'm old and have seen a lot of cool products disappear before my eyes: CP/M, Wordperfect, Netscape, Borland's compilers to name a few. They never had a fair chance...