"One of the key elements in the Novell / Microsoft Collaboration
announcement from last week was a patent covenant that was intended
to provide non-commercial, individual open source developers with
the coverage necessary for them to develop code without concern of
infringing any of Microsoft's patents. (Before you go too far,
please be aware that we are getting rid of the 'hobbyist'
label--there have been many comments about this. Also, this blog
posting is not about the openSUSE.org covenant...)"