"Crucially, Red Hat's interoperability deal with
Microsoft does not include any patent covenants, the ingredient
that torpedoed Novell with the open-source community:
""The agreements establish coordinated technical support for
Microsoft and Red Hat's mutual customers using server
virtualization, and the activities included in these agreements do
not require the sharing of IP. Therefore, the agreements do not
include any patent or open source licensing rights, and
additionally contain no financial clauses, other than
industry-standard certification/validation testing fees."
Red Hat has long argued that patent discussions only cloud true
interoperability, which is best managed through open source and
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