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Re: Firefox and Moonlight (Mono) "Free Software" Status?



On Mon, 2008-06-02 at 13:56 +0100, Keith G. Robertson-Turner wrote:
> My fear is that Microsoft will wait until their IP is firmly
> established in Free Software, then use that as leverage to coerce
> "deals" that both suppresses Free Software and fortifies Microsoft's
> monopoly.

Hopefully, Red Hat's continued refusals to even consider negotiating
such a "deal" should give you an idea of where Red Hat/Fedora stands
with regards to such issues.

As to the confluence of Software Patents and Freedom, I think you will
find that the FSFs stance on them is that code under a free license is
where their primary focus lies, and that they have little or no concern
around whether that code is patent infringing or not. This is a notable
area where Fedora and the FSF differ (Fedora makes every effort to avoid
infringing software patents, as stupid as they all may be).

~spot


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