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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by hal2k1 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: But ... "
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//"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.//

Agreed that there is no "acknowledgement of the possibility of MS patents in some opensource software".

Don't know about giving Novell the benefit of the doubt, though.
"What should have happened? Novell should have called for Microsoft to take the club OUTSIDE and include everyone. There are licenses that protect Microsoft's proprietary pieces and intellectual property yet still allows them to share things."

IMO, that is why Novell don't have any benefit of the doubt.

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