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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by elsewhere on Wed 8th Nov 2006 16:37 UTC
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Can we let go of the section 7 violation conspiracies? There's no infringing code in linux that anyone with credibility can point to. Until someone can point out otherwise, someone can address code that organizations like HP and IBM themselves haven't been able to find, then we can talk otherwise it's pure FUD. Unless the agreement is specifying a specific GPL-protected application or technology, there's no violation of section 7.

This is clearly, no holds-barred, about mono. Novell has banked their enterprise strategy on mono. They're porting their enterprise tools to mono. They're desperate for industry validation for mono. They want customers to believe that mono is the transparent, no-strings-attached pathway to porting applications from Windows to Suse Linux. They've effectively screwed the community by tainting the project now, but they don't care. They're the only organization bankrolling it and building on it so what do they have to lose? They own all copyright attribution and can easily relicense the MS-friendly components under a non-GPL license with throwing the community a bone with the core mono components remaining under LGPL, and no doubt we'll eventually see that.

This has nothing to do with linux in general, other than Novell's sinking credibility with the community, whether justified or otherwise.

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