Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by Augusto
Novell and Ximian "Two months ago, the Brazilian Linux community gathered around BR-Linux invited Novell to answer 10 questions sent and selected by the users, about the company's stance on Linux, open source, licenses, document formats and other subjects." "Novell has been very consistent on this issue and we have publicly stated that we do not believe that Linux infringes on any Microsoft patents. That being said, our agreement with Microsoft takes the patent issue off the table for customers. We have simply made the patent issue a non-event as part of a customer buying decision."
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RE[4]: patents
by systyrant on Thu 27th Sep 2007 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: patents"
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The deal was business.

While it's no pie in the face of Bill Gates, I'd say Microsoft's barrage of IP infringement claims with no evidence to back it up might have stirred the turd pot, but over all has had little effect (in the big picture). A lot like SCO's claims. As you remember SCO got a few licensees when they took on Linux, but it wasn't long before people just laughed at them.

I truly think that Novell had the best intentions (in the business sense), but Microsoft being Microsoft tried to spin the agreement into something it wasn't.

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