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[6]: Why so hard on Novell?
by Bit_Rapist on Wed 8th Nov 2006 17:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why so hard on Novell?"
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the gpl grants you that if the software is distributed, is covered by some patent, it must be licensed for ALL to freely use, or not at all.

I think that is the real confusion here for most people, the patent issue.

As of right now I know of no court case involving patent IP in linux. Its all speculation until a court case takes place.

Novell and MS can make agreements about not suing each other all day long, that has nothing to do with Linux or the GPL until its proven in a court of law that a patent is actually infringed by linux.

Thats my take on the situation anyway

Edited 2006-11-08 17:14

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