Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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RE[5]: Good for Novell!
by glarepate on Mon 12th Nov 2007 19:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good for Novell!"
glarepate
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2006-01-04

with regards to the threats, we do not know if they ARE unsubstantiated and this is where the FUD comes into play. What needs to happen is for someone to call their bluff.

If these threats are not unsubstantiated then list the patented functionalities that are being infringed.

(cricket_chirp.ogg)

OK then.

Until this is done there is no substantiation that there is any infringement, only empty claims and implicit threats over those unsupported claims. MS Legal has publicly said that it is not feasible to list these "infringements". If that is the case then how are these claims substantiated? How are they ever going to be substantiated? And how valuable are patents that aren't worth listing?

The call has gone out from open source advocates to list these patents and the infringed functionality. So far no valid response has been provided. So, do we kick MS out of the game for not laying down their cards now that the bluff they are running has been called? If so, how?

Are you sure they are playing the game that you think they are?

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