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internetnews.com: GPL Draft Has Microsoft/Novell Deal in Mind

Feb 20, 2007, 17:00 (7 Talkback[s])

"When the the third draft of the General Public License comes out, look for language that addresses the recent Microsoft-Novell patent deal.

"Members of the Free Software Foundation, which oversees the draft change process for the GPL, said a new patent clause is being inserted in the draft that could effectively thwart future patent pacts similar to Microsoft's deal with Novell.

"The November agreement between Microsoft and Novell provides Novell users with a promise from Microsoft not to sue Novell's Linux customers for alleged Linux patent infringements..."

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