Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2007 21:38 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat Red Hat is taking a business-as-usual stance in the face of renewed rumblings from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer over the need for Red Hat Linux users to pay up. Ballmer has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft IP is found in Linux. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us," said Ballmer at a Microsoft event last week in London. But Red Hat itself has adopted a stance that keeps it above the Microsoft patent fray. "At this point, please reference our previous statements on this topic," said a Red Hat spokesman contacted Tuesday about Microsoft's statements on Red Hat Linux users. The spokesman pointed out a Red Hat blog posted "after the last FUD statements from Microsoft" in May, she said. Shuttleworth agrees.
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Who would you want as a business partner?
by Haicube on Fri 12th Oct 2007 06:02 UTC
Haicube
Member since:
2005-08-06

a) Would you prefer Red Hat, a company with strong integrity, market lead and with strict moral

or

b) A partner, like Novell, who simply don't have a competitive product offering and therefor teams up, in an immoral way, with companies and claim indemnification of unknown IP and such?

Well, to be honest, I would hate to see the market going for option B. Red Hat is doing the right thing, and even though I'd never consider Linux for anything really, I must say that thoughts have (finally) come across to start deploying Red Hat, just because they can be trusted, unlike other acts mentioned in this letter.

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Marcellus Member since:
2005-08-26

b) A partner, like Novell, who simply don't have a competitive product offering and therefor teams up, in an immoral way, with companies and claim indemnification of unknown IP and such?


Well... I can't say if Novell have competitive product offerings or not, but...
http://www.novell.com/licensing/ntap/
Go down a bit on the page and read what it has to say about the MS agreement...

For the lazy ones:
Microsoft has extended its covenant to not sue users of Linux-based products from Novell to all GPL v3 users as soon as GPL v3 code is integrated into SUSE Linux Enterprise. This means that the patent protection Microsoft extends to Novell customers now covers every customer who uses any Linux-based software that Novell distributes under GPL v3.

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B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

Haicube: b) A partner, like Novell, who simply don't have a competitive product offering and therefor teams up, in an immoral way, with companies and claim indemnification of unknown IP and such?


Bold by me. If that would only be true. Novell Directory Services (eDirectory) are still THE directory services. Only Microsoft's ADS comes close and Red Hat's ODS (former Netscape DS) is just mediocre in comparison. Despite all the shortfalls of proprietary software, there are good reasons to go with Novell on this one. And if a company is already deploying NOES2, why not deploy the SLED, too?

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