Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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Microsoft now owns Unix
by -oblio- on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:58 UTC
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2008-05-27

Kidding? Maybe, but it seems true ;)

Edited 2010-11-22 20:02 UTC

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RE: Microsoft now owns Unix
by churlish_Helmut on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:13 in reply to "Microsoft now owns Unix"
churlish_Helmut Member since:
2010-04-12

Kidding? Maybe, but it seems true ;)


Well, that would be some news ;)

No, its not coming this way, but we will see ... For example: What will happen to mono?
Okay, its Mono, what means, it is nothing ;)

But Novell was involved in quite some important linux projects.

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RE[2]: Microsoft now owns Unix
by righard on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:49 in reply to "RE: Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2007-12-26

Mono means one more then nothing ;)

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RE[2]: Microsoft now owns Unix
by tyrel on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:55 in reply to "RE: Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2009-04-03

Regarding Mono, according to a tweet from its creator Miguel de Icaza: "After the Novell acquisition, Mono continues as-is, but our paychecks will come from Attachmate instead of Novell."

And also "MSFT bought the patents, the products like mono go to Attachmate."

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RE: Microsoft now owns Unix
by fran on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:21 in reply to "Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2010-08-06

The expiry of patents on the 1969 Unix could'nt be so far off?
If i'm correct industrial patents hold for 50years.
That means some of those code would be public domain in 2019?

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RE[2]: Microsoft now owns Unix
by pgeorgi on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 21:16 in reply to "RE: Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2010-02-18

If i'm correct industrial patents hold for 50years.
That means some of those code would be public domain in 2019?

Patents have 20 years. Design patents (which are an _entirely_ different beast) vary, in the US they're 14 years.

What matters more is copyright on the original Unix code (some of which still lingers in most Unix systems).
Given that the BSDs freed the BSD line in the early 90s, and Sun managed to get much of the SVr4 stuff under weak copyleft via OpenSolaris, most issues around Unix copyrights should be clear now (except when relicensing incompatibly)

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RE: Microsoft now owns Unix
by segedunum on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 14:09 in reply to "Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2005-07-06

I don't know why people are getting excited about this. UnixWare has no bearing on Linux because it was established that there was no Unix code whatsoever in Linux. However, it then transpired that SCO didn't even have the rights to allege what they were claiming and that's the direction things went in.

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RE: Microsoft now owns Unix
by elsewhere on Wed 24th Nov 2010 21:17 in reply to "Microsoft now owns Unix"
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2005-07-13

Kidding? Maybe, but it seems true ;)


Novell has issued a clarifying statement confirming that the Unix copyrights will remain with them.

http://www.novell.com/company/ir/message.html

Edited 2010-11-24 21:18 UTC

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