Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Nov 2006 11:24 UTC
Novell and Ximian Microsoft will pay Novell USD 348 million up front, but Novell will return USD 200 million of that amount over five years. The specific numbers came in an a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by Novell late Tuesday. "The financial commitments Microsoft is making as part of this agreement are significant," company CEO Ron Hovsepian said in a statement. In related news, Microsoft has denied that its patent deal with Novell is in breach of the GPL or will automatically spread Microsoft's patent protection to other Linux distributions.
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Look at the history ...(CP/M, SCO,...)
by sathishmls on Wed 8th Nov 2006 13:14 UTC
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Just imagine the status of Linux, if Section 7 of the GPL is not present. All the tough works dated from 1991 would have been killed by lack of a single section in the license.

Richard Stallman (GNU GPL) is far better than anyone in protecting Free/Open Source Softwares.

In Software Industry, a piece of code is a junk until it gets protection and support with interested people using a good license like GPL.

Corporations like IBM, Microsoft, Novell, ... are famous for Business decisions which will try first to help out the software, then suck profit out from that, bring another competitive product which they will own and kill the original one.


even SCO is seems to fight with Linux, the actual fire of the problem is,

IBM was agreed with SCO to do "Monterey Project", a large 64bit OS Project.later cunningly left SCO, since profit was better from Linux rather than SCO UNIX.

The betrayal is the main cause for the SCO-IBM Lawsuit.

IBM,a large supporter of Software Patents which is/will_be the main killer of Free/Open Source Projects at any time(may be tomorrow or next) will kill Linux, if it finds anything else very profitable.

IBM, bought and killed Informix, a database which might be a problem for their DB2.

Microsoft, sameway killed CP/M (Digital Research), using QDOS, and made MSDOS.

Novell, sameway bought and killed DR-DOS(family of CP/M)

These companies are purely profit minded rather than Free/Open Source philosophies.

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