Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Nov 2006 11:24 UTC
Novell and Ximian Microsoft will pay Novell USD 348 million up front, but Novell will return USD 200 million of that amount over five years. The specific numbers came in an a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by Novell late Tuesday. "The financial commitments Microsoft is making as part of this agreement are significant," company CEO Ron Hovsepian said in a statement. In related news, Microsoft has denied that its patent deal with Novell is in breach of the GPL or will automatically spread Microsoft's patent protection to other Linux distributions.
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It's a joke, except nobody’s laughing.
by Anon on Wed 8th Nov 2006 11:51 UTC
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Microsoft has so much damn money to throw around, $500 million or so, is NOTHING. They probably make that in interest each week.

I mean, from face value, the whole concept of paying $348 to Novell, and then for Novell to just pay a portion of it back seems rather pointless given MS could have just paid less in the first place (basic present value math).

The point is though, Novell is a complete and utter joke. MS obviously wanted to see how easy it was to ‘play with’ the Linux community (or at least, a Linux Company), and as some other poster said, I’ll bet MS execs are shaking their heads in dismay at how easy it was. Ridiculous.

Red Hat might not be entirely right saying they’ll be the only real Linux Company around in a years time, but I can’t see Novell’s existence being much more than to sit around and pay MS back it’s own money (especially after they’ve just alienated their last two customers).

Meh. Novell, you disgust me.

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