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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Unspecified "IP" ?
by gnufreex on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 09:29 UTC
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2010-05-06

It is not so unspecified, SEC filling tells it all

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/758004/000119312510265964/d8...

"Also on November 21, 2010, Novell entered into a Patent Purchase Agreement (the “Patent Purchase Agreement”) with CPTN Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation (“CPTN”). The Patent Purchase Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Patent Purchase Agreement, Novell will sell to CPTN all of Novell’s right, title and interest in 882 patents (the “Assigned Patents”) for $450 million in cash (the “Patent Sale”)."

882 patents sold to Microsoft, to scare companies who use GNU/Linux in their products.

http://www.the-source.com/2010/11/novells-final-betrayal-800-patent...

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