Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by Augusto
Novell and Ximian "Two months ago, the Brazilian Linux community gathered around BR-Linux invited Novell to answer 10 questions sent and selected by the users, about the company's stance on Linux, open source, licenses, document formats and other subjects." "Novell has been very consistent on this issue and we have publicly stated that we do not believe that Linux infringes on any Microsoft patents. That being said, our agreement with Microsoft takes the patent issue off the table for customers. We have simply made the patent issue a non-event as part of a customer buying decision."
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RE[3]: patents
by twocents on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: patents"
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apokryphos said:

pure nonsense.........

It doesn't make a difference what SUSE says after the fact... they knew what they were doing when they pocketed about $350 million. Some reminder quotes:

Ballmer: "Linux is a cancer..."

Ballmer: "Novell pays us some money for the right to tell customers that anybody who uses SUSE Linux is appropriately covered,"
Ballmer: This "is important to us, because [otherwise] we believe every Linux customer basically has an undisclosed balance-sheet liability."

Ballmer: "Only customers that use SUSE have paid properly for intellectual property from Microsoft,"

Ballmer: "the fact that that product uses our patented intellectual property is a problem for our shareholders."
Ballmer: "our shareholders expect us to protect or license or get economic benefit from our patented innovations."
Ballmer: "They've (SUSE) appropriately compensated Microsoft for our intellectual property, which is important to us."
Ballmr: "we'll continue to try to grow Windows share at the expense of Linux"

Ballmer: "We are willing to do a deal with Red Hat and other Linux distributors."

Ballmer: "I'd put the Linux phenomenon really as threat No. 1."

Ballmer: "Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO [World Trade Organisation], somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property",1000000121,39174367,00.htm

Ballmer: Linux has "characteristics of communism..."

he (Guitierrez) does break down the total number allegedly violated - 235 - into categories. He says that the Linux kernel - the deepest layer of the free operating system, which interacts most directly with the computer hardware - violates 42 Microsoft patents. The Linux graphical user interfaces - essentially, the way design elements like menus and toolbars are set up - run afoul of another 65, he claims. The Open Office suite of programs, which is analogous to Microsoft Office, infringes 45 more. E-mail programs infringe 15, while other assorted FOSS programs allegedly transgress 68.

The pact calls for a Microsoft payment to Novell of about $348 million and Novell payments of at least $40 million over the course of the five-year deal to ensure that Microsoft won't sue Suse customers for patent infringement.

Edited 2007-09-27 16:29

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