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[4]: Why so hard on Novell?
by Mitarai on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why so hard on Novell?"
Mitarai
Member since:
2005-07-28

"Linux violates (some vague, unspecified, possibly not even valid)

If to you Linux is not violating any patent then why are you all so pissed and afraid? oh, because surprise surprise you are not sure.

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RE[5]: Why so hard on Novell?
by twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Why so hard on Novell?"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

We don't know what patents, if any, Linux is violating, though the likelihood is that it isn't.

MS are not saying what patents it alleges Linux violates. They are therefore clearly positioning themselves for FUD to do what courts couldn't, at least not withut great legal expense to themselves.

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RE[6]: Why so hard on Novell?
by Mitarai on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Why so hard on Novell?"
Mitarai Member since:
2005-07-28

If you already know MS tacticts then why is this surprising to you?

Is even a better reason to keep your head cold and not spread FUD, because doing it just makes MS stronger, not bacause you troll, whine, scream or cry a river in a forum will change anything, just feed your own ego.

Edited 2006-11-08 15:46

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RE[6]: Why so hard on Novell?
by eMagius on Wed 8th Nov 2006 16:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Why so hard on Novell?"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

MS are not saying what patents it alleges Linux violates.

Please link to evidence for your accusation that MS alleges its patent rights are violated by Linux.

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