Computerworld: Linux Users to Microsoft: What ‘Balance Sheet Liability’?

“While Microsoft Corp. may cast the Nov. 2 patent cooperation
agreement it pushed on new partner Novell Corp. as a way to protect
corporate users of the SUSE Linux operating system from potential
lawsuits, CIOs today said they weren’t worried in the first

“‘I do not believe that my company has an ‘undisclosed balance
sheet liability,’ Russ Donnan, CIO at business information provider
Kroll Factual Data, said in an e-mail response to questions from
Computerworld about the Microsoft deal. Kroll Factual, a Loveland,
Colo.-based subsidiary of global services provider Marsh &
McLennan Companies, uses Red Hat Linux servers along with Windows
servers in its data center…”

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