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[4]: Why so hard on Novell?
by Bit_Rapist on Wed 8th Nov 2006 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why so hard on Novell?"
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The spirit of the GPL is sharing. How does this work with that spirit? If I take a copy of OpenSUSE and gut it, rebrand it as my distro, where's my protection?

You don't get any protection. The GPL grants you rights to the source code, which you've got.

The GPL dosen't grant you rights to any agreements between companies.

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