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FSFE seeks to intervene November 25, 2005

Posted by rjdohnert in Software reviews.

Free Software Foundation of Europe seeks to intervene in the Microsoft/EU appeal case. They claim Microsofts networking specifications need to be more open so that they can be used in Open Source projects. In laymes terms they want the whole package or nothing at all. While FSFE maintains that they want it for mere competitive reasons they are not seemingly paying any attention to Microsofts rights as an IP holder. Now if they can prove Microsoft violated the licensing of the LDAP, Kerberos and SMB source licenses, I would say they had a case. Microsoft works with many vendoers to provide interoperability and for that matter many Linux distributions use software with a royalty free license and not an Open Source license such as Java, VMWARE Workstation and Oracle DB. Microsoft should not be forced to put its own intellectual property rights at risk.



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