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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RE: Why so hard on Novell?
by manmist on Wed 8th Nov 2006 12:58 UTC in reply to "Why so hard on Novell?"
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I think it was probably MS that went to Novell and not the other way around.

Except that Novell clearly admitted that it went to MS first.

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".

Except for GPL clause 7 that prevents patent cross licensing which is what a promise not to sue actually is.

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