Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 20, 2006 07:54 AM
I ain't no lawyer but I think it would be a good defensive move if Mr. Torvalds and the kernel team made a decision to move to GPL v3. If v2 allows MS to control and garner a tax from the all commercial Linux/free software distros and allows MS to destroy the non-commercial distros, then the whole raison d'être of Linux disappears.
If v3 is adopted then MS will still be able to sue, but at least odious deals such as MS-Novell will no longer be legally negotiable. This will allow other commercial distros to distribute v3 software while retaining their patent threats over Microsoft's head. (e.g. IBM, Oracle etc.)
This strategy would require that the entire free software community - including the commercial distros (sans Novell) - rally round v3 in a timely fashion.