The Free Software Foundation has published today a third draft of the GPL3 license. The FSF had indicated leading up to this draft that it would be addressing some concerns it had with the Novell-Microsoft agreements in the draft. Here's Novell's position on the new draft:
- We will continue to distribute Linux. Nothing in this new draft of GPL3 inhibits Novell's ability to include GPL3 technologies in SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, and other Novell open source offerings, now and in the future. This is good news for our customers.
- This is a draft for public comment. Novell is not going to offer a public interpretation on specific provisions of the draft at this time.
- We are firmly committed to continuing the partnership with Microsoft and, as we always have, fully complying with the terms of the licenses for the software that we ship, including software licensed under GPL3. If the final version of the GPL3 does potentially impact the agreement we have with Microsoft, we'll address that with Microsoft.
- Novell has been and continues to be a strong supporter of free software and open source. We are significant contributors to a range of free software and open source projects, including kernel.org, openOffice.org, Mono, GNU projects, and more.