"Last week's announcement of a patent infringement suit against
Red Hat and Novell set in motion speculation about motives,
theories, agendas, and behind-the-scenes players. If you've been
feeling like you need a scorecard to keep up, then you're in
"Three of the players in this little drama need no introduction.
Red Hat and Novell distribute the two market-leading commercial
Linux distributions. You may also be familiar with a third company
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