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: So what did Microsoft get?
by Jokel on Thu 25th Nov 2010 13:38 UTC in reply to "So what did Microsoft get?"
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Well - Novell has (or had) NDS (Network Directory Services), and a lot of spin-off from it. Microsoft has tried to copy NDS with Active Directory's, but it was a bad imitation - probably because they where hold back by patents surrounding NDS.

Now it is possible they got all patents to use the full NDS version and use it in the next windows server version.

No - I don't know if this is true, but I think is is at least a part of the answer...

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