Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Posted Nov 28, 2006 10:39 UTC (Tue) by job
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
One thing I really want to know is this:
Is it correct that the $350M payment from Microsoft is a one-time payment? In that case the $40M royalty (that's Novell's words, not mine) per year in the opposite direction is very significant. Is this to be regarded as a loan, or does Novell simply not count on lasting more than 8 years?
Microsoft sunk $50M into Baystar/SCO for implying that Linux has a per unit royalty ascribed to it, but quickly got out when IBM turned it into a PR coup. Getting one of the bigger Linux vendors to do this work for them for $350M must be considered a very good deal.
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