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Microsoft + Novell

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 23:49:04 -0300 (CLST)

Am I the last person in the world to know about this?!

http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10004431o-2000331777b,00.htm
http://news.com.com/Microsoft+and+Novells+concession+to+tech+reality/2010-7344_3-6132230.html
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3878

Andrew

Worrying

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 17:29:02 -0300 (CLST)

I read more details about this last week and find it worrying.

As far as I understand things, MS paid Novell some amount as an
"investment" and Novell paid MS about 10% of that as a kind of "patent
waiver".  The "patent waiver" means that MS will not sue them for patent
violations in Linux.

Now this seems dirty to me.  It looks like MS are paying Novell to say
that Linux violates MS patents.  Novell win because they can claim SuSE is
"safe", but MS win big time by getting acknowledgment that Linux is
"illegal".

I like SuSE - use it on my own machines and converted my co-workers to it.
 But I will probably install something else next time.  Maybe back to
Debian?

Andrew

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