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SubjectRe: Faustian Pact between Novell and Microsoft
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On Tue, 2006-11-07 at 09:54 -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> Bernd Petrovitsch wrote:
>
> >On Tue, 2006-11-07 at 09:18 +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
> >[...]
> >
> >
> >>This is a watershed moment for Linux. It fundamentally changes the
> >>rules of the game. We're really excited about this deal, and we hope
> >>you are too.
> >>
> >>
> >>(from http://www.novell.com/linux/microsoft/openletter.html) only make
> >>it worse, but acquisition? I'd hope not even mickey$oft has enough
> >>cash for _that_.
[...]
> >And the first point in the list is "patents" ....
[...]
> I can see the lights are coming on now for some folks now.

How many patenst does Novell have? Do they play in the "more than 1000
trivial, prior art and software patents" league like M$?
So from Novell's point of view it is probably somewhat a cross-licensing
deal.
"What does M$ really gain from it?" is the interesting question.

Bernd
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