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Microsoft and Red Hat team up on patent-free interoperability

Feb 17, 2009, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

[ Thanks to Matt Asay for this link. ]

"Crucially, Red Hat's interoperability deal with Microsoft does not include any patent covenants, the ingredient that torpedoed Novell with the open-source community:

""The agreements establish coordinated technical support for Microsoft and Red Hat's mutual customers using server virtualization, and the activities included in these agreements do not require the sharing of IP. Therefore, the agreements do not include any patent or open source licensing rights, and additionally contain no financial clauses, other than industry-standard certification/validation testing fees."

Red Hat has long argued that patent discussions only cloud true interoperability, which is best managed through open source and open standards."

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