"In a move designed to protect the free and open source software
(FOSS) community, the U.S. Justice Department has intervened in an
intellectual property case involving four dominant IT enterprises.
The transaction involves software developer Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL)
and a consortium made up of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Oracle
(Nasdaq: ORCL), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and EMC (NYSE: EMC).
"The case could be a landmark in broadening the use of the Linux
operating system and other open source software worldwide.
"As part of a US$2.2-billion deal to be acquired by Attachmate,
Novell agreed to transfer 822 patents to the consortium, CPTN
Holdings, for $450 million."