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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RE[2]: Why so hard on Novell?
by Ford Prefect on Wed 8th Nov 2006 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Why so hard on Novell?"
Ford Prefect
Member since:
2006-01-16

Are you joking?

How could the FSF do things like Vendor Lock-in, one of the main concepts of many proprietary companies? Just by setting up their rules they hope other people apply, too? Sure not.

The FSF is important as it has a critical watch on this stuff. Nothing less and nothing more - it can't prevent Novell from doing this deals or someone from _not_ using their new GPL version.


All the FSF does, wether you call it rules or not, are in fact nothing more worth than suggestions. And that's because the FSF gave away most of their rights (on the GNU software, that is) in the first place!

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RE[3]: Why so hard on Novell?
by ThawkTH on Wed 8th Nov 2006 19:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Why so hard on Novell?"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

Just makes me wonder - can the FSF be guilty of vendor Lock-Out?

I mean, maybe there's no vendor lock-in...But...

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