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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Void of meaning...
by dylansmrjones on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:43 UTC
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2005-10-02

This is just a bunch of empty words. "We made sure... - we checked this... - we checked that... - this is not a..."

Since Microsoft denies the patent protection spreads automatically to other distributions, this means there is no protection in it at all for Novell.

If another Linux distribution is sued by Microsoft, Novell will lose the right to distribute the sources under the GPL - or Novell will be in violation of the GPL.

So basically Novell will have to pay for nothing.

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