Sun boss Jonathan Schwartz has joined in criticism of the Microsoft-Novell deal, saying it is bad for the open-source movement.Following Samba\u2019s criticism early this week, Schwartz said he profoundly disagreed with the idea that open-source software is unsafe without the "no use" arrangements agreed on between Microsoft and Novell.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSun CEO SchwartzIn his blog, Schwartz candidly admits that the motive for making Java open source through the open-source General Public License (GPL) method was to counteract the idea that "free and open source software wasn\u2019t safe unless a royalty was being paid." Schwartz bluntly said: "That\u2019s nonsense.""Free software can be free of royalties, and free of impediments to broadscale, global adoption and deployment. Witness what we\u2019ve done with Solaris, and now, what we\u2019ve done with Java. Developers are free to pick up the code, and create derivatives. Without royalty or obligation."Those that say open source software can\u2019t be safe for customers\u2014or that commercially indemnified software can\u2019t foster community\u2014are merely advancing their own agenda. Without any basis in fact."What this riposte to the deal between Novell and Microsoft means for the Sun-Microsoft relationship isn\u2019t clear. That relationship, like the Microsoft-Novell one, had a key component relating to the parties involved agreeing not to sue each other. Novell,\u00a0one might think, is merely following Sun\u2019s lead in negotiating its own arrangement with Microsoft.Clearly Schwartz doesn\u2019t think so. -Chris Mellor, Techworld.com (London)Related Links:\n\nMicrosoft Will Offer Linux Sales Perk Only to Novell\n\nNovell Deal to Cost Microsoft Hundreds of Millions\n\nRed Hat Spins Novell-Microsoft Pact in Its Favor\n\nMicrosoft: Door Open to Open-Source Pacts\n\nLinux Advocates Wary of Novell-Microsoft Tie\n\nMicrosoft, Novell Team in Linux DealCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.