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 MollyC on Wed 8th Nov 2006 19:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why so hard on Novell?"
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

I'm not a GPL expert, but isn't it the case that Novell's customers aren't subject to GPL unless they make code "derived" from Novell's and distribute it to the public?

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stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

I think you're right. But as another commenter pointed out:

Part of section 7 reads:
For example, if a patent
license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by
all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then
the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to
refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.


This means that Novell have to guarantee that if someone downloads a SUSE distribution ( and potentially re-packages it) that user/group cannot be sued by Microsoft for patent infringement. Therefore if MS tries to enforce soft patents on the Kernel, Novell are no better off than any other distro.

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