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Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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Interesting comment on groklaw
by hal2k1 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 09:34 UTC
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"Patent Cooperation Agreement"

Authored by: webster on Tuesday, November 07 2006 @ 08:21 PM EST

Let me get this straight:

If you use your code with our patents, and we use our code with your patents, then we will not sue your customers for using our patents if you do not sue our customers for using your patents.

But we are not saying that you can use our patents, and you are not saying that we can use your patents. How our patents got into each others' software shall remain confidential.

Nevertheless we will pay you $300 million, for allowing our customers to use our software and not be sued for using your patents and you will pay us $40 million for allowing your customers to use your software and not be sued for using our patents.

We may threaten your customers and you may threaten ours. Together we can threaten everyone.

So we don't give you permission to distribute your software with our patents, but you can.

You don't give us permission to distribute our software with your patents, but we can.

That complicated GPL is irrelevant.

Want to play doctor?

Edited 2006-11-08 09:35

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