Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
On Wednesday, Novell and the EFF issued a joint press release claiming that the two organisations would co-operate on EFF's "patent busting" programme. Novell is providing funding for the initiative and supporting patent reform in general.
However, the move has surprised many in the open-source community, given that Novell signed a high-profile agreement with Microsoft last year that saw millions of dollars change hands between the two companies to settle patent claims.
The controversy surrounding Novell's pact with Microsoft has prompted questions on why an organisation such as the EFF — which is firmly against software patents, DRM and other inhibitors to the free flow of information — would partner with the Suse Linux owner.
EFF executive director Shari Steele defended the move by hinting that it was better to have Novell on side. "To have a company like Novell stand up and say it's willing to commit to changing the system is a very welcome thing," she said.
While I believe fully in the consensus process there are times when you have to make a choice. Novell faced such a choice six months ago. Microsoft offered it a fat check for its corporate soul.
Novell took the check.
Now it wants a do-over.