"The settlement terms were sealed for all these years, but lo
and behold, now that mystery is solved. There are many more goodies
on the list of exhibits.
"We also find out what Caldera/Canopy then paid Novell from that
$280 million: $35.5 million at first, and then after Novell
successfully sued Canopy in 2004, Caldera's successor-in-interest
on this matter, an additional $17.7 million, according to page 16
of the Memorandum.
"Microsoft claims that Novell is not the real party in interest
in this antitrust case, and so it can't sue Microsoft for the
claims it has lodged against it, because, Microsoft says, Novell
sold its antitrust claims to Caldera when it sold it DrDOS. So the
exhibits are trying to demonstrate that Novell got paid in full, so
to speak, via that earlier litigation. As a result, we get to read
a number of documents from the Novell v. Canopy litigation. Novell
responds [PDF] it retained its antitrust claims in the applications
"So those are the parties' positions, but to us, this is a
history. We have all the Microsoft exhibits for you, thanks to your
kind donations, and there are a lot of exhibits. We'll be posting
all the exhibits to the Novell response in opposition to this
motion next, so keep in mind this is only half of the story."