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 twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why so hard on Novell?"
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We don't know what patents, if any, Linux is violating, though the likelihood is that it isn't.

MS are not saying what patents it alleges Linux violates. They are therefore clearly positioning themselves for FUD to do what courts couldn't, at least not withut great legal expense to themselves.

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