Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2007 18:53 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE As reported by Slashdot, debate has risen over ClearType in Linux. OpenSUSE recently disabled this technology, saying "that this feature is covered by several Microsoft patents and should not be activated in any default build of the library". Other websites have picked up on this as well: "The strange thing is though: no matter the fact that Novell and Microsoft are now buddies, openSUSE still has to be concerned about the ClearType patents!"
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... there was only one fact to be learned about the MS / Novell deal. And it surely had been communicated a gazillion times. So what is this article doing here?

MS + Novell agreed not to sue their CUSTOMERS should the product they are using turn out to infringe any patents. That doesn't mean either of the two is now free to violate each others' patents.
What you are having in mind is called a cross licensing agreement -- and this term has never showed up anywhere, ever.

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