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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,

Their donations are welcome, their deals aren't.  In fact, we could even lose
our permission to use GPLv3 software if we did that.

> otherwise I don't think it's worth
> write a PR and help them spread their FUD, IMHO.

On the contrary; the objective would be to dismiss their FUD.

Robert Millan

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