Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:05 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian At a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and Novell. The unprecedented deal will have Microsoft offering a degree of sales support for Novell's SUSE Linux while both companies work towards better interoperability between their respective operating systems. As part of the agreement, Microsoft also promises not to wield its patent portfolio against SUSE Linux. More here. You can follow the live webcast announcement, by Steve Ballmer, here. Update: Novell has put up a detailed FAQ about this deal.
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GPL
by netpython on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 09:24 UTC
netpython
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2005-07-06

What does the GPL mean in the context of the given article?

I mean Novell cannot possibly make use of MS patented intelectual property without committing it upstream as stated under the GPL.

What happens after that 5 years term agreement?
Will MS legally kill everybody who happens to use a tainted source tree?

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