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Re: Micros*ft deal

On Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 06:08:16PM -0300, Gustavo Franco wrote:
> On 6/20/07, Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.com> wrote:
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >Since every GNU/Linux distributor seems to be positioning with regards to
> >possible patent deals with Microsoft, I thought we could do the same.
> >
> >Actually, it's totally unthinkable that a non-profit organization could do
> >this kind of deal, in which Microsoft pays you to perform hara-kiri by
> >losing the right to distribute GPLv3 software.  This is exactly what a
> >positioning statement would reflect: that our community model is
> >invulnerable to this kind of threats (and also to going out of bussiness,
> >etc).
> >
> >Thoughts?
> I believe our silence says it all, no? If they want to donate us money
> for no 'carte blanche' back good, otherwise I don't think it's worth
> write a PR and help them spread their FUD, IMHO.
> regards,
> -- stratus
I read Mr. Shuttleworth statement about his opposion to joining the
microsoft-covenent bandwagon. I see nothing in simply (re)stating
Debian's position on the matter and (re)stating its commitment to its
Free software ideals in a climate where some folks are not following the
best interests of the community. Silence does not seem like a great
course in this case.
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