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[5]: Why so hard on Novell?
by deanlinkous on Wed 8th Nov 2006 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why so hard on Novell?"
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Do you see a patent license anywhere? MS and Novell made sure to clarify this is a covenant not to sue and does not mention a patent license.

Microsoft does the FUD again with a similar SCO theme. Really, we have patents and IP and stuff that you are violating. All the while not revealing what IP/Patents they are talking about since this is simply a covenant.

They hold up Suse as "their" linux and says you are safe if you run this. So all the companies that want to use linux - guess what they choose?

Section 7 will be danced around because none of this is clearly defined as patent royalty payments of GPL software. It is about payment for hiring staff to work on the project, for "coupons", for money paid to agree to do this and so forth...

Skips around GPLv2 quite easily. I think v3 would be a bit harder to skip around but could probably be done also. But hopefully this highlights a need that we do need something a bit more defined to try and combat crap like this.

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