Novell Explains, Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement

 
 
By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2006-11-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Novell comes out swinging, defending both its patent deal with Microsoft and its record as an open-source supporter. (Linux-Watch)

Novell on Nov. 7 explained how its recent patent agreement with Microsoft neither violates the GPL nor implies that Linux infringes on any of Microsofts patents. Additionally, "Novell entered this broad set of agreements with Microsoft to further promote the adoption of Linux," according to Novells senior VP and general counsel, Joseph A. LaSala, Jr. In particular, LaSala continued, "Many people want to know whether this agreement is compatible with Novells obligations under the GPL, especially section 7. This was an important consideration for us as well."
"Under the patent cooperation agreement, Novells 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. "Therefore, the agreement is fully compliant with the GPL," concluded LaSala.
Click here to read more about whats covered by the Novell/Microsoft patent deal. In a Novell and Microsoft FAQ, Novell goes into a bit more detail. "Our agreement with Microsoft is focused on our customers, and does not include a patent license or covenant not to sue from Microsoft to Novell (or, for that matter, from Novell to Microsoft). "Novells customers receive a covenant not to sue directly from Microsoft. We have not agreed with Microsoft to any condition that would contradict the conditions of the GPL and we are in full compliance," the FAQ states. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Novell Explains, Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
John Pallatto John Pallatto is eWEEK.com's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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