Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 22:50 UTC
General Unix Good news: the UNIX copyrights owned by Novell will not fall in the hands of Microsoft as part of the IP purchase by Redmond. "Novell will continue to own Novell's UNIX copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate," states John Dragoon, Chief Marketing Officer at Novell. Yeppers.
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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by lemur2 on Thu 25th Nov 2010 01:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
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That was pretty obvious really. Why would Attachmate buy SUSE if theyd risk being hit by MS shortly after?

Well, as seven years of the SCO saga thoroughly illustrates, the Unix copyrights have absolutely nothing to do with Linux.

There is no Unix code in Linux. Linux is simply a newly-written-from-scratch implementation of POSIX standards. POSIX is a set of specifications from which one is meant to be able to write Unix-compatible operating systems.

Also, it has been clear for some time now that what Microsoft purchased was 882 Novell patents. This also has absolutely nothing to do with Unix copyrights.

So, in a double sense, what risk was there (from the Unix copyrights) to Attachmate buying SuSe? None that I can see.

Edited 2010-11-25 01:08 UTC

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