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Microsoft and Novell Announce Departure of OpenSUSE Project, Renewed Patent Strategy

“Over one year after signing an agreement to exchange protection
money and securing several kneecaps, Novell Inc. and Microsoft
Corp. today announced that OpenSUSE developers had reached a state
of unrest. As such, Microsoft and Novell decided to revise their
strategic partnership and combine the best of two platforms’
intellectual property, protected by an extensive portfolio of
valuable patents.

“The two companies will continue to swap intellectual property
(IP) and create Microsoft Windows 7, accompanied by a derivative
release named SUSE Windows, ensuring that OpenSUSE developers,
formerly of SuSE, can continue to develop GNU/Linux solutions with
peace of mind…”

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