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: Why so hard on Novell?
by dylansmrjones on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:44 UTC in reply to "Why so hard on Novell?"
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The patent protection is void of meaning. All Microsoft has to do to stop Novell is to sue somebody else, and then Novell cannot distribute anything without violating the GPL.

Novell is paying $200 million for nothing.

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