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Microsoft and Novell Announce Departure of OpenSUSE Project, Renewed Patent Strategy

Apr 01, 2008, 13:29 (4 Talkback[s])

"Over one year after signing an agreement to exchange protection money and securing several kneecaps, Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that OpenSUSE developers had reached a state of unrest. As such, Microsoft and Novell decided to revise their strategic partnership and combine the best of two platforms' intellectual property, protected by an extensive portfolio of valuable patents.

"The two companies will continue to swap intellectual property (IP) and create Microsoft Windows 7, accompanied by a derivative release named SUSE Windows, ensuring that OpenSUSE developers, formerly of SuSE, can continue to develop GNU/Linux solutions with peace of mind..."

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