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 deanlinkous on Wed 8th Nov 2006 14:02 UTC
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I think it is basically a way for MicroNov to create a linux that is, for all practical purposes proprietary.

I think that MS believe they can make novell the de facto standard commercial linux in five years using shared technology that other linux(s) will not be able to use. Also MS will use IP/Patent threats to keep any business from choosing anything besides novell linux. Then in five years MS will really only have one linux company to destroy at that time.

Novell thinks that with MS help it can become the de facto standard linux in five years and then go head to head with MS.

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