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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somebody
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2005-07-07

Don't know. But, let me give Novell benefit of a doubt again. Damn, I'm very forgiving today:)

Lets speculate it has nothing to do with Linux. It might as well not have. SCO is going under and Novell will be owner of certain SysV rights again (as it looks now, Novell always was, since they never transfered rights to SCO). Both know that, hell, whole world knows that.

MS is/was selling/bundling Services for Unix, which would rightly fall in the category where MS would have to license it from Novell anyway.

p.s. could you post link for MS version of document?

Edited 2006-11-08 02:57

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