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[10]: losing community faith
by milles21 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 18:40 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: losing community faith"
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Not true this does not stop the work of samba, it is the same as Novell allowing Groupwise to run on Red hat and support it but not supporting it on Ubuntu. No one is stopping the development efforts of the community but a vendor meaning Microsoft should be able just as Novell what partnerships they want to openly and collaborate run their applications on. Novell will not be the only vendor that can interoperate but they are allowed to differentiate themselves and their deal does not affect the interoperability development efforts of the community.

I still think the deal is a mute point we are not talking about inclusion of code here, we are talking about applications on top which is what the end result will be. MS exchange 2009 for SUSE Linux, Backup exec 11 for SUSE Linux, just as Open Enterprise Server for SUSE Linux.

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