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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RE[3]: But ...
by molnarcs on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: But ... "
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Novell in now way acknowledged that any particular code contains patent-infringing IP.

So, the mutual patent protection agreement is about ... what?

"Under the patent agreement, customers will receive coverage for Mono, Samba, and OpenOffice as well as .NET and Windows Server."

This is a direct acknowledgement of the possibility of MS patents in some opensource software that isn't even developed at Novell. The only way it could be more direct if Novell made a statement that is infringing on Microsoft's patents. Did you expect them to do that? I guess unless you see such a statement, you won't accept the fact that the quoted passage is< an acknowledgment of the existence of patent infringing IP. Why would you need such a deal otherwise? Why does this only apply to Novell customers?

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