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 santana on Wed 8th Nov 2006 09:31 UTC
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2006-10-22

more details are out, and it seems that this IS a classical sellout. And it seems that Novell is (was) in a deep sh**.

"It seems the company is receiving an up-front payment of $348 million from Microsoft, for SLES subscription certificates and for patent cross-licensing. Microsoft will make an upfront payment to Novell of $240 million for SLES subscription 'certificates' that Microsoft can use, resell, or distribute over the term of the agreement. Regarding the patent cooperation agreement, Microsoft will make an up-front net payment to Novell of $108 million, and Novell will make ongoing payments totaling at least $40 million over five years to Microsoft."

So, MS bought A LOT of SLES software ;) Wonder where they will put it, I somehow can't picture MS sales guys reselling it. The deal is on for only 5 years, during which Novell will pay 40mil $ to MS. MS will pay Novell 348mil $, which leaves Novell in a plus of approx 308mil $. What's in it for MS? Well, probably the right to say just things like this:

"Microsoft made it clear that only SUSE users and developers, as well as unsalaried Linux developers, are protected. 'Let me be clear about one thing, we don't license our intellectual property to Linux because of the way Linux licensing GPL framework works, that's not really a possibility,' said Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer. 'Novell is actually just a proxy for its customers, and it's only for its customers,' he added. 'This does not apply to any forms of Linux other than Novell's SUSE Linux. And if people want to have peace and interoperability, they'll look at Novell's SUSE Linux. If they make other choices, they have all of the compliance and intellectual property issues that are associated with that."

That's coming directly from MS CEO, so please, don't accuse me of spreading FUD. Mono is dead now. I'm kinda feeling sorry for the guys with good intentions that were very enthusiastic about it, but, plenty of people (including myself) told them so, when it all started. The final nail in the Mono coffin will be hit soon, with Sun opensourcing their Java implementation under GPL (micro edition, standard edition, enterprise edition).

http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml;?articl...

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