that Microsoft may offer patent indemnity to Red Hat customers.
""We would like to strike similar patent deals with all the Linux vendors, but we had to start somewhere. The fact that Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian approached us in this regard made that conversation happen very quickly," Bill Hilf, Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy, told eWEEK in an interview here at IT Forum.
But Hilf acknowledged that it is an awkward situation having Microsoft's customers who use Novell's SUSE Linux covered by the covenant not to sue, while those Windows users running Red Hat Linux are not.
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