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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Why so hard on Novell?
by Jody on Wed 8th Nov 2006 11:53 UTC
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People are saying that this deal is Novell giving legitimate reason to question Linux IP, but I don't think Novell was losing sleep over it anyway, I think for them it had more to do with ensuring MS would not go after them later on for their development role in Mono.

I think it was probably MS that went to Novell and not the other way around.

MS is looking to protect themselves as well as offer SuSE for their virtualization solutions. MS is going to be giving away coupons for SuSE/Novell Linux support as part of the deal.

Also, the $210 million Novell paid to acquire SuSE in the first place should put the $308 million MS threw into this deal into perspective.

Legal immunity from MS, a distribution deal, and $308 mil bonus, like if you owned Novell you wouldn't take that deal?

This would only violate GPL if Novell included proprietary software, I don't think there is any clause against "lets agree not to take each other to court over IP patents".

I was a little surprised to see some usually logical people like Parens and Havoc take such strong stances against Novell over this (although Havoc is employed by RH)

PS. CNET has some details on the deal here:

Edited 2006-11-08 12:05

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