Nat says Novell has lawyers and all
software infringes, and this simply highlights the point I already
made. Patent issues are not black and white. They are risk
analysis. And different people and companies face different
risks. What Novell finds acceptable risk may not be acceptable for
individual hackers, or for other companies.
The real point is that Novell is asking everyone to take this
risk. And not everyone finds it acceptable, either legally (patents) or
strategically (Microsoft driving the bus).
If Novell wants to use Mono that’s great. But GNOME should not, and
neither should any of the important desktop apps.
(This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-05.html#20)