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Microsoft Does Shuffle Sidestep As Open Source Samba Moves To GPLv3

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If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it’s unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code. 

Microsoft is attempting to sidestep entanglement in the barbs of GPLv3’s provisions, as a change to open source software Samba may strain Microsoft’s relationship with Novell.

Linux itself continues to be distributed under GPLv2. But a key part of the Novell SUSE Linux bundle, the Samba file translation server, will be placed under GPLv3 in its next release, Jeremy Allison, lead developer on the Samba project, said Monday. The next release is expected in a month or two, he added.

Novell may continue to distribute Samba under GPLv2, but at some point, Linux users will demand the latest improvements in Samba code, which will be protected by GPLv3.

If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it’s unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code.

Microsoft already appears to be backing off part of its pact with Novell — its SUSE Linux coupon offensive worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Microsoft is currently distributing coupons to Novell customers saying it “will not entitle the recipient to receive from Novell … a subscription for support and updates relating to any code licensed under GPLv3,” Microsoft said in a statement posted to its Web site July 5.

Microsoft took its stance versus GPLv3 a week after version 3.0 of the open source license was released by the Free Software Foundation June 29. Prior to the Microsoft statement, there had been speculation by open source legal authorities that Microsoft’s issuance of coupons could entangle it in the provisions of the GPLv3. Among other things, GPLv3 forbids any issuer of GPLv3 code from suing a GPLv3 code user for patent infringements.

Read more: InformationWeek

Written by syazli7

Wed, 11 Jul 2007 at 01:25:12 +0800

Posted in News

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