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Novell Moonlight 2.0 Gets Microsoft's Blessing

Dec 17, 2009, 18:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Microsoft and Novell are broadening their three-year-old patent agreement, extending it for the first time to include all users of Moonlight, Novell's open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight media framework -- regardless of their version of Linux.

"In 2006, Novell and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) entered into a joint patent and interoperability agreement, giving Novell users the OK to use open source technologies on which the software giant has said it may have intellectual property claims.

"As a result of today's expansion of that deal, Moonlight users will enjoy protection under the patent covenant regardless of whether they're using Novell's (NASDAQ: NOVL) Linux distro or another distributor's."

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