Pact with a devil
As you know, some time ago, Microsoft and Novell signed a deal about cooperation. Firstly, I had confused feelings about that, but after thinking about that again, I can’t say anything good about that pact. Similarly to many people, I also think it’s a deal only for money, nothing more. Some people may say it’s good for the standards cooperation – is it true? I don’t think so… They signed the pact and propably won’t reveal the things that could be helpful for better standards cooperation. Microsoft just understood the fact they can’t win with Open Source, so they decided to “cooperate” with it. The only one thing they want is to make more and more money, they don’t think about the community – we shouldn’t make illusions about this. We all know Microsoft’s operations against Linux and Open Source, we all remember Ballmer’s words “Linux is a cancer” – it shows the whole Microsoft’s attitude to the open software. It’s someting like the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and it’s targeted against the Open Source community. And, as Eben Molgen from the Free Software Foundation says, this pact definitely breaks the General Public License v3, and is even propably not compliant with GPL2. Don’t allow to make you blind on this matter. Now, Microsoft is trying to fight with Open Source in different way. But they’ll never win.