Here's a new press release from Novell
on its Microsoft deal. The company is getting almost $250 million from Microsoft up front. There's some real weasel words with regard to the GPL: "Under the patent cooperation agreement, Novell's customers receive directly
from Microsoft a covenant not to sue. Novell does not receive a patent
license or covenant not to sue from Microsoft, and we have not agreed with
Microsoft to any condition that would contradict the conditions of the GPL.
Our agreement does not affect the freedom that Novell or anyone else in the
open source community, including developers, has under the GPL and does not
impose any condition that would contradict the conditions of the GPL.
" Some serious hair-splitting is going on here.
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