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Submission + - Microsoft to pay Novell $348 million

pestilence669 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?

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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