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[3]: Why so hard on Novell?
by 2fargone on Wed 8th Nov 2006 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why so hard on Novell?"
2fargone
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2006-02-20

The biggest problem is Novell uses the community's software but acted in a very negative way towards the community.

"At worst it could create a "grass is greener on the Novell side cause we are oh-so-afraid of MS suing us for using Linux" "

You answered your own question. The spirit of the GPL is sharing. How does this work with that spirit? If I take a copy of OpenSUSE and gut it, rebrand it as my distro, where's my protection? And as a patent violation, I can't even legally posess that software let alone use or distribute it. But not if I'm a Novell customer (because Novell has a short term no sue covenant with Microsoft (and what does Novell think is going to happen at the end of that SHORT TERM?! )) which may or may not be a violation* of Clause 7 of the GPL, a license Novell accepted to use the community's software.

That's what's wrong.

*If it is a violation, then Novell is screwed. If not, then MS can't use this FUD in the future because if they do, it'll prove this was a GPL violation and MS would be open to Novell suing them (cause you can bet Novell will never admit this was a patent license).

All in all, it's a community and Novell did something that was very anti-community. They shouldn't be too surprised the community in general is upset.

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