"In November, Microsoft and Novell announced a five-year patent
and technology agreement around Microsoft software and Novell's
SUSE Linux software. The parties to the deal called it a "patent
covenant." Others called it a sellout, a FUD attack, or a
declaration of war on Linux specifically and open-source software
generally. So what is this Microsoft-Novell deal really about?
"In trying to understand any legal agreement, it's usually
helpful to look at the money flow..."