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[4]: But ...
by somebody on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: But ... "
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So, the mutual patent protection agreement is about ... what?

Yeah, exactly. Imagine, Novell customers will be protected against ... "what?".

No more silly walking into the store and buying ... "what?". No more fear to be sued against ... "what?"

Ok, let me be serious and explain. Or at least, what is my opinion about what was said in FAQ. There is a lot of FUD and Novell which probably made Novell harder to sell Linux. People wanted indemnification (even though they didn't even know against what), and that is one way to get them what they wanted.

This is a direct acknowledgement of the possibility of MS patents in some opensource software that isn't even developed at Novell.

Nope, in FAQ, they deny that possibility. And I for one am prepared to give them benefit of the doubt until this thing becomes more public, when either Novell put out concrete facts or other side shows evidence of foul play.

Personally, I would much rather see I was right than wrong.

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