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ZDNet: Will Sun Blow Up the Microsoft/Novell Deal to Red Hat's Benefit?

Nov 13, 2006, 22:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Microsoft's deal with Novell sent a message to the industry that Novell respects Microsoft's intellectual property. So much so that it's willing to pay at least $40 million to ensure that Microsoft doesn't sue Suse customers for patent infringement and potentially more depending on the sales of Novell's products (aka: royalties). So, even though Novell, in its deal FAQ, comes right out and says it doesn't believe its technology infringes on Microsoft's patents, not only is Novell respecting Microsoft's IP, it's setting a baseline for what that respect is worth. It makes the FAQ seem ridiculous.

"No doubt, the news shot through Red Hat's legal and accounting offices as it tried to size up the potential impact should Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith show up at the Linux distributor's executive offices looking for hand-outs..."

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