Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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After all, it has all the right attributes, except the name.

Nope, one is missing. They can still sue each other and as they said no licenses were transfered.

In case of paid royalty license, company gets covered, not users.

This is why I say Novell should put it in writting where it would stand if MS would sue some Linux company.

Look a little bit from the other side. If no licenses were transfered, then MS is not having rights to Novells OIN patents by promise only, which would mean any OIN licensee could use them in court.

And since OIN is the owner of IP licenses in question, Novell would probably have to notify them about licensing those to MS.

If it looks like a dog and smells like a dog, it probably is a dog.

Even if it meows?

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