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+ - Microsoft to pay Novell $348 million

Submitted by pestilence669
pestilence669 (823950) writes "SEATTLE (Reuters) — Software maker Novell Corp. said on Tuesday Microsoft Corp. will make two separate up-front payments totaling $348 million to the company under an agreement to allow Novell's open-source Linux software to work with Windows.

Microsoft will pay Novell $240 million up front in subscription fees to allow the world's largest software maker to use its Linux software. Microsoft will pay an additional $108 million upfront for use of patents, Novell said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Is this the beginning of interoperability or the beginning of something much worse?"

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