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[7]: losing community faith
by twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: losing community faith"
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The worry is this:

That MS will, in effect, create a proprietary Linux by, for example, launching a suit against RedHat which forces them to stop distributing GPL code for reading MS filesystems, and then allowing Novell to include code for reading MS filesystems, whether GPL'ed or not.

That will, in one stroke, create a significant barrier to interoperability between MS and any version of Linux distributed by anyone who isn't, to use a crude description, Microsoft's bitch.

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