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SubjectRe: Faustian Pact between Novell and Microsoft
Bernd Petrovitsch wrote:

>On Tue, 2006-11-07 at 09:54 -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
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>>Bernd Petrovitsch wrote:
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>>>On Tue, 2006-11-07 at 09:18 +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
>>>[...]
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>>>>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$oft has enough
>>>>cash for _that_.
>>>>
>>>>
>[...]
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>>>And the first point in the list is "patents" ....
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>[...]
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>>I can see the lights are coming on now for some folks now.
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>How many patenst does Novell have? Do they play in the "more than 1000
>trivial, prior art and software patents" league like M$?
>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.
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> Bernd
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The Pike patent from the USL acquisition is the one Microsoft most
wanted to get their hands on, as well as the SMP
patents. The Pike patent controls overlapping Windows. M$ has
wanted to get clear of it for some time. With the
cross license from Novell, they are home free. Novell has a large
number of networking and directory patents.

Not quite 1000, but they have some very good ones on SMP, clustering,
and form the USL acquisition.

Jeff
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