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 apokryphos on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: patents"
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> Let's just admit the obvious and that Novell are exceptionally stupid here, OK?

In what way has the deal turned out badly for them? I'm all ears; I'd love to hear. As I said:
* Their stocks are up (and have been for a long time now)
* Their making huge deals with large OEMs (you know, little companies like IBM+Lenovo, Dell, AMD) to make Linux on the desktop happen
* They've got more Linux engineers than ever
* SLE adoption has greatly increased

How could you possibly say they're "stupid" when pretty much nothing has turned out badly from the deal except some FUD that people have been spreading?

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