Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 22:50 UTC
General Unix Good news: the UNIX copyrights owned by Novell will not fall in the hands of Microsoft as part of the IP purchase by Redmond. "Novell will continue to own Novell's UNIX copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate," states John Dragoon, Chief Marketing Officer at Novell. Yeppers.
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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by lemur2 on Thu 25th Nov 2010 01:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

That was pretty obvious really. Why would Attachmate buy SUSE if theyd risk being hit by MS shortly after?


Well, as seven years of the SCO saga thoroughly illustrates, the Unix copyrights have absolutely nothing to do with Linux.

There is no Unix code in Linux. Linux is simply a newly-written-from-scratch implementation of POSIX standards. POSIX is a set of specifications from which one is meant to be able to write Unix-compatible operating systems.

Also, it has been clear for some time now that what Microsoft purchased was 882 Novell patents. This also has absolutely nothing to do with Unix copyrights.

So, in a double sense, what risk was there (from the Unix copyrights) to Attachmate buying SuSe? None that I can see.

Edited 2010-11-25 01:08 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by lemur2 on Thu 25th Nov 2010 04:38 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Also, it has been clear for some time now that what Microsoft purchased was 882 Novell patents.


I notice that Novell's policy statement is still available on the Patent Commons website.
http://www.patentcommons.org/commons/pledgesearch.php?displaypledge...
As appropriate, Novell is prepared to use our patents, which are highly relevant in today's marketplace, to defend against those who might assert patents against open source products marketed, sold or supported by Novell. Some software vendors will attempt to counter the competitive threat of Linux by making arguments about the risk of violating patents. Vendors that assert patents against customers and competitors such as Novell do so at their own peril and with the certainty of provoking a response. We urge customers to remind vendors that all are best served by using innovation and competition to drive purchasing decisions, rather than the threat of litigation.


What is interesting is that when one searches on the Patent Commons website for Novell patents pledged, where there used to be a lengthy list, one now finds no results:

http://www.patentcommons.org/commons/patentsearch.php?formType=resu...
No Records found meeting your search criteria. Try searching again.


;)

This can't be good.

Edited 2010-11-25 04:41 UTC

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