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 Rehdon on Wed 8th Nov 2006 16:54 UTC in reply to "Why so hard on Novell?"
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Have you read Havoc's blog thoroughly? He makes very good points. I agree that Novell has a) provided ammunition to Microsoft's FUD machine (just read Ballmer's interview to see how they'd like everyone to believe that there's MS IP in Linux and every Linux business should pay them to receive "protection") and b) has secured an unfair advantage for themselves ("look, we're the only one protecting you against MS").

So yes, shame on Novell on both counts.


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