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The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:07

Read the full story at Network Computing:

"In November, Microsoft and Linux vendor Novell knocked the software industry for a loop with their multifaceted, multimillion-dollar business agreement unveiled. However, the biggest effect may be on Linux, the open source software operating environment that many companies (and some consumers) are increasingly adopting as an alternative to Microsoft's proprietary but pervasive Windows operating system.

Initially announced on news conference Nov. 2, the deal called for Microsoft, long seen as an enemy by many Linux advocates, to start working hand-in-hand with Novell, producer of the SuSE Linux operating system, in areas that included licensing, support, and joint research and development around Windows/Linux interoperability.

Also under the agreement, the two software makers inked a software patents covenant stating that Microsoft won't be able to sue Novell's customers for any potential infringements of Microsoft's patents, and Novell won't be able to sue Microsoft's customers for potential infringements on Microsoft's patents."

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