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[6]: Why so hard on Novell?
by r_a_trip on Wed 8th Nov 2006 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why so hard on Novell?"
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if all the software in a linux distribution is patent-free, what is the point of this 'covenant'?

Simple. FUD. MS wants to shoehorn all non-ideological GNU/Linux users into the SUSE "patent protected" straitjacket.They are seeking to use SUSE as a FUD stick to scare us into submission. When SUSE is the last GNU/Linux threat standing, it is easy to kill it off and shove MS World Domination down our throats.

Novell just sees temporary profit gains, as they feel their SUSE is now more "attractive" as it won't be harassed with FUD from MS and they hope it will lead to more sales.

Too bad for Novell. One does not ink a deal with the devil and get to walk away with a free soul.

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