Whats Covered by the Microsoft/Novell Patent Deal

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-11-05 Print this article Print

In addition to the Windows and SUSE Linux operating systems, the Novell/Microsoft non-aggression pact also covers Mono, Samba and OpenOffice. (Linux-Watch)

Weve known that a major part of the Microsoft/Novell Linux co-operation agreement was about patents. What we didnt know, however, was what technologies would be covered, and what ones wouldnt, by the agreement.

Now, thanks to Jason Matusow, Microsofts director of corporate standards, we now know whats what.
While we still dont have the legalese that covers the agreement, according to Matusow in a recent blog posting, "From the start, a design principle of the agreement was to be compatible with the GPL." Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Whats Covered by the Microsoft/Novell Patent Deal Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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