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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losing community faith
by milles21 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 14:52 UTC
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I am a long time community supporter however , more and more I am growing disgusted with the behavior and reactions. I mean it is like a this dictator organization, I mean nevermind the people who have contributed to numerous projects and spent long hours ensuring that their open source efforts would benefit both the Linux and the windows platform. Itís like screw that any company that works with Microsoft is evil. Nevermind that Novell has opensourced a number of projects nevermind the fact that they are contributing and I donít see the problem in them making arrangements to protect their customers. Criticize the business model all you want but it will open the doors of Linux to some rather closed minded decision makers. I am tired these people who supposedly represent the community spouting off as the entire voice and oppose anything other than what they deem as right and wrong
But the whole donít back Novell, donít support SUSE, stop using it crap is the same thing that keeps Linux from effectively penetrating the enterprise because no organization has taken the backs of the customers that Linux hopes to support

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