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 mabhatter on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: But ... "
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they are distributing GPL'd software MS is saying it "might" claim but not passing their patent "rights" Microsoft is granting along with the code to their customers that might distribute the programs... that's a violation.

Essentially, they are skirting the clause by not specifying which claims MS might be making... so just like SCO the are fueling FUD and complicit with the "Man".

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