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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This is sad...
by grat on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:56 UTC
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As I read through the various posts, I feel like I walked into a UFO conspiracy theorists' convention-- except their work is usually better researched than most of the uninformed drivel I've been reading on this topic.

Novell taking GPL code, and trying to make money from it-- How, pray tell, is this different from Red Hat creating a distribution containing GPL code, and advertising? No one screamed that Red Hat sold out because they offered to indemnify their clients.

Novell also offered to indemnify their clients, and now, they've gotten Microsoft to agree to it. Is it sneaky? Somewhat. Is it a sign that Novell is going to co-opt people's GPL code and create a Microsoft/Novell linux as more than a few have speculated? NO.

This is a 5 year window in which there is almost guaranteed to NOT be an IP lawsuit involving Microsoft and Linux. Novell's clients may be excluded from lawsuits, but Novell's *developers* aren't, and neither is Novell.

The problem is, there is a segment of the linux community that doesn't want their toy to be a commercial success. And the idea that Microsoft might be involved in making their toy a commercial success, causes them to start foaming at the keyboard.

Based on who pays how much, the only conclusion I can draw is that there is Unix and/or Linux code in Microsoft products, that they thought was covered by SCOSource. Now that it's obvious it won't be, they're looking for another method to cover their bets.

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