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Novell

+ - Novell Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement

An anonymous reader writes: Novell today defended its patent agreement with Microsoft, asserting that it neither violates the GPL nor implies that Linux infringes on any of Microsoft's patents, according to an article at Linux-Watch. Additionally, Novell is suggesting that its agreements with Microsoft promote the adoption of Linux. In a second article, Linux-Watch also reports that Microsoft is making an up-front payment to Novell of $348 million, and that Novell will make ongoing payments of at least $40 million over five years to Microsoft, based on percentages of Novell's Open Platform Solutions and Open Enterprise Server revenues.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.

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