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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RE[5]: Conference...
by twenex on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 11:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Conference..."
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Wouldn't GPL take care of the patent stuff?
I mean, if they cover SuSe, doesn't the GPL make sure it covers all components covered even if they are used in another distro?

No, and yes. It is illegal under the GPL to indemnify one party against patents without indemnifying all parties who use the same GPL code. So it sounds like another SCO case. But you're forgetting that in that case, the "good guys" also had the better lawyers and the bigger pockets. Who do you think is going to have the better lawyers and the bigger pockets in Microsoft vs. Anybody?

Free the GPL Three NOW!

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