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Computerworld: Linux Users to Microsoft: What 'Balance Sheet Liability'?

Nov 22, 2006, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lai)

"While Microsoft Corp. may cast the Nov. 2 patent cooperation agreement it pushed on new partner Novell Corp. as a way to protect corporate users of the SUSE Linux operating system from potential lawsuits, CIOs today said they weren't worried in the first place.

"'I do not believe that my company has an 'undisclosed balance sheet liability,' Russ Donnan, CIO at business information provider Kroll Factual Data, said in an e-mail response to questions from Computerworld about the Microsoft deal. Kroll Factual, a Loveland, Colo.-based subsidiary of global services provider Marsh & McLennan Companies, uses Red Hat Linux servers along with Windows servers in its data center..."

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