Pabell Nelson writes: Microsoft will pay Novell a net amount of US$308 million to market and distribute its competitor's product. Microsoft will pay Novell US$240 million for 350,000 coupons — 70,000 per year — entitling customers to support and maintenance for Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server, and a net amount of US$108 million in an agreement under which both companies release each other from patent claims from past actions. On top of that, Microsoft will spend US$94 million over the five-year deal on its own sales and marketing work for Suse products. However, Novell will also pay at least US$40 million over the course of the deal to ensure Microsoft will not sue Suse customers for patent infringement.
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