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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by deanlinkous on Sat 4th Nov 2006 06:39 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: is"
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Novell just bought patent indemnification for everyone.
No they didn't.
This isn't a patent license or anything. It is a covenant, a agreement, no more than that. The GPL only applies to GPL covered software. They made it a point to mention a "mixed source" product which means they will keep it seperate enough so that the GPL never comes into play. Yet they will make it 'as good as' proprietary since any changes they make to GPL code will be worthless to anyone without the closed source product that it is designed for. They just effectively created a proprietary linux.

As I have said, they spelled out all of this in the webcast. You just had to actually listen to what they said and not just hear what they wanted you to hear.

Patents, Patents, Patents,
Protection, Protection, Protection,
Payments, Payments, Paymets,

Forget developers, developers, developers since we are at a point now to make money off of our portfolio and threats instead of trying to make money off that worthless OS business.

Edited 2006-11-04 06:42

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